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Workshop: Integrated Design of Sustainable Ports in Africa.

September 19th, 2018. TU Delft.  09:00 - 17:30


09:00 Registration and Coffee

09:30 Welcome Address

09:45 Session on Integrated Design of Sustainable Ports from the perspectives of engineering, ecology, environmental economics and governance (presentations and discussion)

11:00 Tea break

11:20 Session on Integrated Design of Sustainable Ports from the perspectives of engineering, ecology, environmental economics and governance continued (presentations and discussion)

12.50 Handover of the book “Voices on Sustainable ports in Africa, stories from Tema Port, Ghana” to  mr . E.K. Osei, GPHA,  Director of Port Tema

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Interactive stakeholder session for assessment of research progress, influence and impact

15:00 Plenary Discussion and Synthesis

16:15 Closing

16:30 Cocktail snacks and drinks 

Venue: Bouwcampus Promenade, Building 26, Delft University of Technology, Van der Burghweg 1, 2628 CS Delft.

Expansion of Tema port expected to be finished in 2020 and RMU stimulates exchange of Ghanaian and Dutch students

This month, Portside got in contact with Professor Vellinga trough their common membership of advisory board of a Green Ports project. Vellinga is the driving force behind the research pilot that studies the expansion of the port of Tema. Therefore, Vellinga was invited to give a presentation at the conference in Accra about sustainable port development. Moreover, Portside introduced Vellinga, who is a professor at the Technical University in The Netherlands, to the Regional Maritime University (RMU) to join hands on stimulating the exchange of Ghanaian and Dutch university students.

Vellinga, Professor Ports & Waterways at Delft University of Technology, is familiar with large- scale port expansions since he works with Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands to develop Maasvlakte 2. With Maasvlakte 2, the ambition of the Port of Rotterdam Authority was and still is to be a global leader in the field of sustainability. Maasvlakte 2 is a showcase which demonstrates that sustainability and economic growth are perfectly compatible.

Expansion pilot of Tema port

With the success of Maasvlakte 2, Vellinga is the driving force behind the pilot to study the opportunities to develop the Tema port the same way. The main reason for expanding Tema’s port is to accommodate larger and more ships. With the expansion, Tema wants to be the hub of Western Africa. Securing growth of Tema’s port ensures products produced in the Ghanaian region to get access to overseas shipping. The Tema port will be the point of departure and entry for products shipped around the world. By 2020, the Port of Tema will have new land for cargo handling and wider and deeper channels for bigger ships. 

The expansion of the port not only affects the port itself, but also has impact on the wider local environment; which creates challenges, and in the same time offers a range of new opportunities to enhance this environment for local citizens. The expansion puts for example pressure on the motorways around Tema. Therefore, the Tema Accra Motorway will be expanded to a five-lane motorway to improve the access route. Moreover, the expansion extends the port area up to the entrance of the Sakumono Lagoon. This offers opportunities to look into coastal technology for inflow of water that could upgrade the currently degrading ecology of the lagoon and create a more sustainable living environment for Tema citizens.

Portside Director Bas de Vaal and Professor Vellinga in front of the construction side in Tema port.

Student exchanges between Ghanaian and Dutch universities

Since Professor Vellinga was in town for his presentation at the conference in Accra about his Tema port pilot, Portside Group Director Bas de Vaal saw this as an opportunity to introduce Vellinga to the Regional Maritime University. The RMU is looking for more partnerships in order to fulfil its mandate of training highly qualified personnel for the maritime and allied industries. Since Vellinga is professor at the Technical University in The Netherlands, their encounter can create possibilities for more a frequent exchange of Ghanaian and Dutch university students.

The Regional Maritime University (RMU) is a Sub-regional University established in 2007 with its roots in the then Ghana Nautical College (founded in 1958) and the Regional Maritime Academy (1983). The institution has traditionally served to provide high quality education at competitive pricing for member states – in particular the host country, Ghana. It thus helps to provide skilled human resources for a very sensitive industry in the service of Ghana, i.e. the maritime industry.

De Vaal and Vellinga were given a tour around the Regional Maritime Industry and got to know its history and future plans do develop and maintain their high quality trainings, workshops and courses.

Past events:

Presentation by Dr. Arno Kangeri,

Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) institute, the Netherlands.

Title: Frameworks for Integrated design of ports and stakeholder inclusion in policy development

Date: Wednesday November 1, 2017.

Venue: Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT), Bremen. Germany.

African Ports Evolution conference

5 - 7 September 2017, Accra, Ghana.

Keynote speech by Prof. and Ir. Tiedo Vellinga - TuDelft, Project Leader.

Title: 'Integrated and sustainable port development: Making a conscious choice for humans, environment and economy.'

Venue: Kempinski hotel, Accra.

African Ports Evolution conference.

16 - 17 October, Durban, South Africa

Keynote speech by Dr. Jill Slinger - TuDelft, lead researcher

Title: Sustainable ports in Africa: an Integrated 'building with nature' approach to co-create value at the port-city nexus

Venue: Durban International Convention center, Durban

MARE conference

July 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote speach by Arno Kangeri - Postdoc, Wageningen University


This panel explored the nature and dynamics of maritime mobilities and the ways that climate and environmental change, economic development, and shifting geo-political constellations shape the direction and volume of movements and flows.

Arno Kangeri presented his Phd. A summary of this Phd can be downloaded here. (Page 81)

  The Netherlands /    Ghana



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