IUCG TOURS TEMA HARBOUR
TheNational Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) of the Islamic University College, Ghana (IUCG) branch in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the 8th of October, 2019 organised an educational trip to the Tema Harbour.
The excursion which was attended by some members of the student body and their leaders was arranged purposely to serve as an eye opener for the attendees. The students witnessed the facilities and activities that take place at one of West Africa’s leading and busiest harbours.
Tour guides on the day, Mr. Alex Nkrumah and his assistant Elizabeth Bram before the commencement of the tour took the students through all the protocols necessary to ensure everyone’s safety.
Students were given a brief history of the harbour. Mr. Nkrumah explained certain key shipping terms to the audience and also explained how a vessel is moved and accepted at the harbour. As curious as students were, they noticed that most of the vessels had names of certain personalities inscribed on them. Doing due diligence to that, the tour guideexplained that they were named after heroes and heroines in order to honour the selfless work they did towards the development of ournation.
Also, the students were taken through the two terminals currently at the harbour, with the third one currently under construction.Speaking on the issue, Mr. Nkrumah said that the terminal 3 is being constructed to accommodate bigger vessels as management realised they were losing out to their competitors in the sub region. Hence, the expansion of the harbour in the form of the terminal 3.
He said, “Currently, it (the terminal 3) is under construction. 2 berths have been completed and the entire project will be completed next year. In 2020 we should have our 4 berth ready for full operation.”
The construction of the Tema Harbour began in the mid 50s under the leadership of Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and was commissioned in the year 1962. The harbour is located in Tema, Ghana and serves both as a loading and unloading port for goods. It also serves as a major transit point for goods from land-locked countries to the north of Ghana. Land-locked countries such as Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso solely rely on the harbour for their imports and exports. The harbour renders 4 services to the public. That is; Vessel Handling, Steve Dooring, Shore Handling and Conservancy.
At the end of the trip, IUCGians had an overwhelming experience of the happenings at the harbour.