As part of his two-day working visit to the Central Region, President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo visited the Elmina Fishing Harbour construction site on Saturday, September 3, 2022.
President Akufo-Addo cut the sod on August 1, 2020, marking the start of the 30-month project.
Following the completion of the south breakwater, the north breakwater, sheet-piling, dredging, scour and plowing, and reclamation works, the project is now 91% complete, according to the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.
The Minister stated that existing civil infrastructure projects, such as those involving buildings, paving, roads, and stormwater construction, are proceeding and would be finished as planned.
“The ongoing construction of the breakwaters, quay walls, civil buildings, together with the dredging and reclamation works of the new port basin will guarantee the sustainable revitalization of Elmina and the long-term development of this strategic port,” he indicated.
To preserve the longevity of the Elmina harbor, the Elmina Fishing Port Rehabilitation and Expansion Project intends to build sufficient infrastructure, berthing space, and a deep marine access.
Elmina will become one of Ghana’s most vibrant coastal cities as a result of the Project, which will also help the city’s position in the fishing and salt industries and put it at the center of the government’s cultural goals.
Overall, the Project will prioritize improving current infrastructure first, including the administration building, the slipways, the workshop, and the maintenance dredging of the current Port.
Second, the Project will also involve building a new fishing harbor with a primary breakwater, quay wall, dedicated access road to the Port, and storage warehouse to safely anchor and offload larger fishing vessels.
Additional administrative buildings, a shed for the fish market, a shed for repairing fishing nets, two (2) cold stores/ice factories, a new slipway for larger vessels with a boat refurbishment area, a toilet block, and a daycare facility are among the other new constructions.
To boost tourism, the Project will also carry out beach and coastal protection works and restore the area in front of the Elmina Castle.