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Port Security and Allied National Security Agencies launch swoop on illegal settlers around the Port

A dawn operation jointly carried by the military, Ghana navy, Tema Regional Police Command and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority’s Security, has led to the arrest of 67 illegal settlers, around the port enclave.

The operation formed part of a nationwide exercise to ensure total security in the country.

The illegal settlers who are gradually growing at an alarming rate, are believed to be engaged in trading in illicit drugs and other criminal acts around the Port enclave.

The settlers do not only engage in socially deviant behaviours but are also degrading the beauty of the port surroundings by constructing haphazard structures, and indiscriminate littering of the environment.

The 67 individuals who were arrested from the raid, were handed over to the Marine Police Unit for further investigations and prosecution.

The Tema Port Security Manager, Col. Joseph Malik Punamane, revealed that this raid is a nationwide agenda by the state security organizations to reduce crime and illegalities in the country.

He expressed his outfit’s resolve to continue to chase down these alleged criminals, in order to put a stop to the increasing social menace.

“We will continue this exercise until we flash all the criminals out of the place,” he stated.

Two months ago, a similar raid and demolition exercise were embarked on by the allied security agencies operating within the Port, where 45 Ghanaians including 7 females, 19 Burkinabe’s, 2 Nigerians, a Sierra Leonean and an Ivorian were arrested.

Port position list

23/12/2019 9:54 am


General information about the Port of Tema


The Port of Tema is located 28 km east of Accra at 5°38’N and 0°01’E.


The port requires advance notice of 72 hours prior to estimated time of arrival (ETA) – before 14.30 hours on Monday to Thursday and before 10.00 hours on Friday for weekend working.


There is good anchorage between 1.5 km to 4 km ENE to SW off the main harbour entrance in depths of 9 metres to 18 metres with good holding ground. The Eastern area of the anchorage is most suitable without additional swell reflected from the main breakwater.


Towage is compulsory within the harbour. The port authority operates three tugs: two of 1,866 kW, one of 1,860 kW and one of 1,644 kW. All tugs are fitted with pumps and monitors for fire-fighting.


Harbour entrance is 240 metres wide with a depth of 12.5 metres. A heavy swell may be encountered at 400 to 600 metres from harbour entrance during the monsoon season from April to September which causes vessels to roll heavily up to 40-80. For this reason, deep draught vessels enter only at high tide to obtain sufficient keel clearance.


The port maintains a 24 hour watch on VHF Channels 14 and 16 and any other convenient channel. This signal station can reach vessels 140 km away. During harmattan conditions, vessels can hear the signal 400 km from port. The Port of Tema is linked with the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).


Light to strong breezes from W and SW throughout the year except from December-February when the NE harmattan dominates, causing poor visibility. Dangerous winds are tornadoes from E during May-July. There is a swell in the harbour, especially after tornadoes which require about 0.5 metres under the ship’s keel when lying alongside the wharves.


The port works a SSHINC system from 0700 hours to 1900 hours for the day shift and 1900hours to 0700hours for the night shift. But it is closed to public on Christmas day and good Friday.


Tidal heights of 1.6 metres at MHWS and 1.3 metres at MLWS and 0.7 metres at MLWN are recorded twice daily.

Maximum safe depths and maximum length

Main port

b/uLOA (m)Depth (m) *Max permissible draught (m)
1. Container2991111
2. Container2751111
3. Multipurpose18199
4. Multipurpose18388
5. Multipurpose18388
6. Multipurpose18377
7. Multipurpose18388
8. Multipurpose18388
9. Multipurpose18388
10. Multipurpose18388
11. Cement/Clinker22088
12. Dry Bulk22088
13. Dry Bulk22088
14. Dry Bulk22088
15. Dry Bulk10088
16. Multipurpose17599
17. Valco244109

Depth Of Water At Berth At Chart Datum

  • Berths 1&2 strictly for container vessels
    • Max. Length of V/LS to berths 1&2 = 265m
    • Max. Draft of V/LS to berths 1&2 = 11.2m
    • Spaces between bollards at Quay 1 are approx. 30m.
    • Spaces between bollards at Quay 2 extension are generally variable.
  • An underkeel clearance of 0.2m is allowed for.
  • Other available berths are for bagged cargo vessels and others still with priority for Container vessels.
  • Berth: Maximum Length of berths and corresponding Maximum Safe Depths at Chart Datum.

* Please be advised there are no Air, Loa and beam restrictions