Ghana intends to create a zone outside the ports of Tema and Takoradi for ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operations and offshore bunkering to aid in the liquid cargo business, says Minister of Energy, Boakye Agarko.
“Central to our plans to build a petroleum hub in Ghana is our ability to provide a regulatory environment that ensures investors of safety and security against piracy and other maritime crimes,” he said at the 10th Oil & Shipping Africa Conference in Accra, as quoted by Modern Ghana.
“The government is, therefore, to create designated ship to ship and Bunker zones outside Tema and Takoradi ports to regulate and safeguard Ghana’s future liquid cargo business.
“These bunker zones that will include both anchor and drifting zones, will ensure a drastic reduction in the risk of piracy during offshore bunker operations, improve maritime security, enhance collection of tariffs, curb illegal fuel smuggling, adulteration of fuel and unscrupulous blending fuels maintaining thereby, higher standards of fuel quality in our region and improve on regulatory monitoring and compliance.”
Agarko noted Ghana’s bunkering sector has been bolstered by the construction of GOIL’s 13.5 million litre capacity marine gas oil storage facility at Takoradi Port and the 4 million litre storage facility at the Sekondi Naval base.
“My ministry will continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders including the Ghana Navy, NPA, the Ghana Maritime Authority, the Maritime Police and EPA to ensure the smooth implementation of these plans,” he notes.
Published: 13 July, 2018
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