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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ghana News

Maersk Drilling Bags Contract with Tullow Ghana

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Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four year contract for the deep-water drillship Maersk Venturer by Tullow Ghana Ltd. The contract, which was signed December 2017, is expected to commence in February 2018 and covers development drilling on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana. Maersk Venturer is currently in transit for the job offshore Ghana thereby further strengthening Maersk Drilling’s presence in the region. ”I am very pleased that Maersk Drilling will be mobilising another deepwater rig for this significant job in a strategically important region.

CMA CGM Suspends Terminal Handling Charges in Ghana

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CMA CGM informed its customers that the collection of Terminal Handling Charges (THC), which was introduced in Ghana on July 20th, 2016, has been temporarily suspended, effective October 4th, 2016. CMA CGM will communicate on the resumption in due course. Earlier, the transport ministry has suspended the implementation of the THC being proposed by the various shipping lines in Ghana. It, however, stated that shipping companies are at liberty to increase their freight rates in accordance with increased operational costs.

DeepOcean to Provide MPV to Tullow Ghana

MPSV Rem Forza (Photo: DeepOcean Ghana)

DeepOcean Ghana Limited, a Ghanaian company with 51% Ghanaian owned share structure, has been awarded a contract to provide the services of a multipurpose construction vessel (MPV) to Tullow Ghana Limited. The scope of work for the contract is inspection, survey and subsea construction on the Tullow operated deepwater Jubilee and TEN Fields offshore Ghana. The contract includes subsea tree and jumper installations in approximately 1,100 - 2,000 m water depth. Following the signing of the contract…

Danish Maritime Aims to Boost Cooperation with Ghana

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) was in Ghana January 18-21 to identify potential areas of cooperation that may promote maritime growth in Ghana and, simultaneously, be of benefit to the Danish business sector. The purpose of the cooperation between the Danish and Ghanian authorities is to use the Danish experiences and positions of strength to build a framework for sustainable growth and employment in the Ghanian maritime sector. Ghana is one of the countries where the DMA…

Ghana and US Maritime Forces Collaborate

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The Ghana Armed Forces and the United States Maritime Forces have completed a joint maritime operation, the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), as part of the Africa Partnerships Program (APS). The operation brought together representatives from Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Navy, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coastguard on Spearhead, the U.S. Navy’s first Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV).

All Ports Dispute At Border Resolved - Ghana

  A dispute over the origin of cargo entering Ghana from the Ivory Coast by the Elubo-Noe road border between has been resolved.   A total of 59 trucks, which had been delayed for up to a fortnight, have now been allowed to cross from Ghana into Ivory Coast.   GAC Ghana 

Denmark, Ghana Cooperate on Safety at Sea

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An authority-to-authority cooperation has been initiated between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana to contribute to enhanced safety at sea and to develop the maritime sector in Ghana. As part of the ongoing cooperation between the maritime administrations in Denmark and Ghana, five Ghanaian ship surveyors have visited the Danish Maritime Authority this week. During the visit, the Danish and Ghanaian ship surveyors have exchanged knowledge and experience about their responsibilities when acting on behalf of their maritime administrations.

DMA Visits Ghana

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) accompanied Her Majesty the Queen on her official state visit to Ghana on 23-24 November 2017 to discuss current maritime challenges and maritime authority-to-authority cooperation. The Danish Maritime Authority took part in Her Majesty the Queen’s official state visit to Ghana on 23-24 November 2017 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence; furthermore, the state visit served to mark Danish-Ghanaian relations. A major maritime delegation, including the Danish Maritime Authority, was also a part of the state visit.

Eni Makes Oil Discovery

Eni has made the first oil discovery in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, located in the Tano Basin offshore Ghana, about 50 km off the coast of Ghana. The discovery is relevant as it may have the potential for commercial development and confirms the importance of the block also in terms of the presence of oil, as well as natural gas and condensates. Eni plans for the immediate drilling of other wells to delineate the size of the discovery and confirm the feasibility of commercial development. The discovery was made through the Sankofa East-1X well, which reached a total depth of 3,650 meters, in 825 meters of water, and encountered 28 meters with  gas and condensate and 76 meters of gross oil pay in Cretaceous sandstones.

Karpowership to Present Ghana Powerships Project

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The forum will also provide a unique for Karpowership to share information on upcoming projects on the African continent. The Forum, which Karpowership will sponsor for the fifth year running, brings together ministers, government officials, sector leaders and investors to enhance cooperation toward finding energy solutions for Africa. With its expanding Powership Fleet, Karadeniz Holding continues to garner interest from visiting delegations to learn more about the cost-efficient, immediate energy solution the Powerships offer for countries in urgent need.

Ghana-Ivory Coast Maritime Dispute Mar Tullow

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A dispute over maritime boundaries between Ghana and Ivory Coast is damaging Tullow Oil, which risks postponement of its TEN project in the waters off Ghana's coastline. The government of Côte d’Ivoire has applied for provisional measures, asking the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to stop Tullow oil and other oil companies from exploring and exploiting oil in the disputed area between Ghana and that country. The company faces a period of uncertainty pending the court's decision, which will not be reached before the end of April. Ghana's Minority Spokesman on Energy, K.T.

Tema Port To Be Expanded

President cuts sod for work on Tema Port project. Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports. This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport. The project is a Public Private Partnership between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), representing the Ghana Government and Meridian Ports Services (MPS). The Port Of Tema Is the largest port in Ghana. Situated on the eastern coast of the country it stretches over a 3.9 million square metres of land area.

Wood Group Kenny Wins Ghana Contract for Subsea Engineering

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Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has been awarded an engineering services contract to support Tullow Ghana Limited and its partners through the execution phase of the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project, offshore Ghana. WGK will provide subsea, umbilical, risers, flowlines (SURF) engineering services. The Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme oil fields are situated in the Deepwater Tano area, offshore Ghana, approximately 30 kilometres from the existing Jubilee field. Steve Wayman, CEO of Wood Group Kenny said: “We see this as a very significant award from a number of perspectives.

Africa: Towards Safe, Clean Ship Recycling

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Nine West and Central African countries have agreed to start working towards ratifying IMO’s ship recycling treaty, the Hong Kong Convention, following a workshop in Accra, Ghana (14-16 November). The event allowed for in-depth discussions and provided details on the specific requirements of the Convention and its Guidelines, with representatives from Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe and Sierra Leone taking part. The Ghana Maritime Authority hosted the workshop and IMO was represented by Mr. Jun Sun and Captain Dallas Laryea.

Maersk, Partners to Invest $1.5b in Ghana Port Terminal

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Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Friday its APM Terminals unit would together with partners invest $1.5 billion to upgrade its Tema port terminal in Ghana and add 3.5 million TEUs in annual throughput capacity.   Partners are Bollore Africa Logistics and the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority.   (Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki, editing by Anna Ringstrom)

Maersk Confirms $1.5bn for Ghana Port

The Port Of Tema (Pic by  Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority)

The Maersk Group has reaffirmed its commitment to support the expansion of Ghana’s Port of Tema to the tune of US$1.5 billion. The Group Chief Executive Officer of the multinational transport and energy giant Maersk Group, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, has re-assured of the company’s readiness to inject US$1.5billion to boost the ongoing expansion works at the Tema Port. The Maersk Group’s subsidiary, APM Terminals, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Ghana in November last year to expand the Tema Port.

APM Terminals Signs MoU with Ghana

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The construction of the new port and logistics hub in Tema will have huge benefits for the Ghanaian economy and the livelihoods of Ghanaian people when opened in 2019. As part of the port master plan, APM Terminals Inland Services Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Government of Ghana, and the non-profit road safety organization Amend to ensure port access roads and highways that will handle the inland transportation are safe and able to handle increased traffic flow.

Maersk to Boost Investments in Ghana

Maersk Group CEO, Nils S. Andersen. Photo: Maersk

Maersk Group says it is committed to a long-term partnership with Ghana, and will boost its investments in the country. Accroding to local media report, the Maersk Group Chief Executive Officer, Nils S. Andersen, revealed that Maersk is interested in playing an active role in Ghana’s growth through investments in trade, infrastructure and energy. “Together with our partners, we have committed $1.5billion to the expansion of the port in Tema which would create probably the largest and most modern terminal in sub Saharan Africa.

Ivory Coast to File Legal Complaint over Ghana Border Row

Ivory Coast to file legal complaint over Ghana border row

Ivory Coast said on Friday it would file a complaint with an international jurisdiction after Ghana took legal action to resolve a dispute over the two nations' maritime border in an area rich in hydrocarbons. British firm Tullow Oil has licences in Ghanaian waters near to the boundary disputed by the West African neighbours. Bruno Kone, a spokesman for Ivory Coast's government, would not give details on where the complaint would be filed. "We will take this before the competent jurisdiction, but we are not going to say more for the moment," he told Reuters.

Argentine Tall Ship Released, Welcomed Home

'Libertad': Photo credit Wki CCL DagosNavy

Argentine naval training ship, 'ARA Libertad' which was detained in Ghana for more than two months has arrived back home. The Libertad had been seized following legal action by an investment company trying to recover money still owed after Argentina's 2002 debt default. Thousands of people lined the shore as it arrived in Mar del Plata, three weeks after a United Nations court ordered its release from Ghana reports BBC News. The lengthy diplomatic row over the Libertad began when the ship was prevented from leaving Ghana on 2 October 2012…

Expro Contract, Ghana’s First Deepwater Field

International oilfield service company Expro is establishing a new base in Ghana following the award of a multi-million dollar contract to deliver subsea, well test and data acquisition services for Tullow Ghana Limited (subsidiary of ‘Tullow Oil’) on the Jubilee Phase 1 Development field, which is the country’s first deepwater development. Ghana has been a strategic target for Expro since Tullow announced its intention to explore and later develop a major discovery. Expro is the current incumbent for Tullow’s exploration and testing work. On the back of this success, Expro has been awarded the Jubilee Phase 1 subsea and intervention work for 30 months.

Ghana's Navy Frees Hijacked Tanker

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The Ghana Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits. The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest. Lt Col. Eric Aggrey Quashie, Director of Public Relations (DPR) of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), would not say when the MT Mariam was seized by pirates. The small tanker's owners, using an onboard tracking device, informed Ghanaian authorities of its position in Ghanaian waters on Saturday.

Tema Shipyard Taken Over by Ghana

The Government of Ghana has signed the Sales and Purchase Agreement, which would finally transfer to Ghana the entire 60 per cent shares of PSC Tema Shipyard, which has been held for over 13 years by Penang Shipbuilding. The Minister for Transport, Alhaji Collins Dauda, together with the transitional team, signed the agreement during a brief ceremony at the premise of the shipyard in Tema to ensure the total ownership of the yard by Ghana. Giving the rationale behind the building and divestiture of the yard some 13 years ago, the minister said the Tema Shipyard and Dry-Dock Corporation was built during the construction of the Tema Harbour as part of the overall infrastructure requirement for the country’s maritime industry and socio-economic development.

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