GNBCC Member Ports Marine Ltd gets Featured in Project Cargo Weekly


GNBCC Member Ports Marine Ltd gets Featured in Project Cargo Weekly

Ports Marine Ltd is part of the Portside Group of Companies, with headquarters in Leiden the Netherlands, and subsidiaries here in Ghana are:

  • Ports Marine: the ship agent/freight forwarder
  • Multipurpose Terminals Ghana Ltd.: operating a container depot and warehouse in the port of Tema
  • Ports Marine also operates a fleet of trucks mainly to move containers

Mr Bas de Vaal, Managing Director of Ports Marine Ltd was featured in an intersting interview by Project Cargo where he spoke on his experience and doing business in Ghana within the Shipping Industry

A snippet of the interview:

PC: Do you act as shipping agent, freight forwarder, and inland transporter in Ghana or do you specialize in one segment only?

BdV: We are line agents for the ro/ro carrier called NMT shipping, they operate a line from Antwerp to Tema, and we, therefore, handle lots of cars, trucks and heavy machinery for the mining sector. Also, we are agents for Breadbox Shipping lines in Tema, they operate liner services on the West African coast. Breadbox also operates a joint service with Intermarine and we handle these vessels from time to time. Especially on the Intermarine vessels, we have seen some very heavy cargoes. The port does not have any heavy lift cranes, so we recommend that vessels calling Ghana are geared.

We have also chartered vessels, to move explosives from Ghana to Liberia for a goldmine. That was a very hectic project, as we were always on the clock to get the products on time to avoid a shutdown of the mine.

It was actually you that inspired me when you were still with Martin Bencher to become more active in the freight forwarding market. So thanks for that.

We have also recently built a washing station for ISO tanks, together with Van den Bosch (the first in West Africa). We have therefore shipped out commodities like shea butter, cocoa butter, and palm oil. Which brings me to the export market in Ghana. Ghana exports Cocoa, minerals (Bauxite, Manganese ore), Gold and oil. Also commodities like sheanuts, cashews, sesame, palm oil and fruit.

Please click here to read the full interview.

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