The Albert Bosomtwi Sam Fishing Harbor in Sekondi, according to the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority is scheduled to undergo expansion project in the first week of July this year.
The Albert Bosomtwe Sam Fishing Harbor was constructed in 1995 with a 13.5 million dollars Japanese grant for the provision of modern fish landing and handling support facilities and services for inshore boats and large canoes.
The 21 year old harbor covers some 1.4 hectares of land and 12.6 hectares of sea. It is 15 kilometers from the Takoradi main port. It is equipped with a cold store, an ice making plant, offices, a berthing bay for inshore vessels, a jetty for canoes and a net dry area.
Since its construction, it estimated to have provided work to over ten thousand people in Shama, Sekondi–Takoradi and its adjoining fishing communities. .
Manager of the fishing harbor Peter Gussie Cudjoe at a stakeholders meeting noted that “we are going to expand the break water by 15.5 meters in width and 180 meters in length. This will enable the harbor to accommodate more vessels. This will reduce the congestion because some of the vessels will now go to the newly constructed break water”.
He said “initially, the plant produced 20 tons of blocks per day but after the expansion, it will be producing an additional 15 tons of blocks, making it 35 tons a day”.
The 2005 Best Fisherman Andrews Tetteh welcomed the expansion but wants it to be managed such that it does not impede the work of fishermen. He said “already we are having challenges with fish catch, and therefore we don’t want anything to impede our activities”