Increase Of Port Charges ; Call Up For Comment


Yesterday we received through one of our Members  the attached letter from the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) .

The letter dated the 30th of August 2017  indicates an increase of 233 % of the Safety Charge. The effective date of implementation will be October 1st , 2017

This measure can have negative consequences for a number of port shipping  companies  in Tema and Takoradi. It can especially  affect the transit market (hence shipments through Tema with destination Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali etc.) because port charges are lower in for instance Benin.

An example of the extra costs will be explained below:

Safety Charge increase from 0,15 US$ cents per gross mton to 0,50 US$ cents per gross mton per 40000 Gross Tonnage and less.

In the example a port company has handled 20 ships of each 40000 Gross Tonnage; extra costs will be 20 x 40000 x 0,35 us$ cents => US$ 280000

If this  company has done 2000 TEU (1 TEU is 20 ft container); this will be US$ 140 extra per container

Especially feeders, container ships under 3,000 TEU have a considerable increase per TEU.

At GNBCC we are now analyzing the full picture and hereby request feedback from our Membership. How will this affect your business ?

Please send your remarks, comments, complaints and suggestions to Tjalling at

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