Ports and Shipping
Ghana has two deep artificial harbors, one at Tema and the
other at Takoradi. The first stage of the government's five-year
plan to improve Ghana's physical infrastructure began with the
expenditure of US$80 million to rehabilitate the port at Tema. As
a result of the work, the port's capacity for handling dry tonnage
rose by 50 percent to 2.7 million tons. Work planned at Takoradi
should increase capacity by 128 percent to 1.6 million tons. The
Volta River, the Ankobra River, and the Tano River provide 168
kilometers of perennial navigation for launches and lighters. Lake
Volta provides 1,125 kilometers of arterial and feeder waterways.
In addition, the government is developing new ports on Lake Volta
to create an inland waterway network. Ghana's merchant marine
service includes six ships (five cargo and one refrigerated).
Data as of November 1994