Integrated and sustainable port development in Ghana

Tiedo Vellinga*, Jill Slinger, Poonam Taneja, Heleen Vreugdenhil

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Africa is on the rise and new ports are essential to unlock production and trade opportunities and enable future growth. A growing consensus recognizes the need for sustainable port development, aimed at finding the right balance between human, environmental and economic aspects. However, an integrated inter-disciplinary approach to sustainable port development, which embraces the four perspectives of engineering, ecology, economy and governance is lacking. The ongoing NWO-UDW project "Integrated and Sustainable Port Development in Ghana" addresses this gap. It aims to develop a generic framework and a set of tools for stakeholder inclusive design of integrated and sustainable ports in Africa. It proposes a bottom up approach whereby research in all four disciplines is directed at relevant and practical cases in Africa. The Ghanaian port of Tema has been selected as a pilot project. This paper describes the project including the underlying vision and the objectives, the work-plan and the expected project results. It also describes the results of a workshop in Ghana in July 2015 to identify needs and values of relevant stakeholders with respect to Tema port development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Maritime-Port Technology and Development Conference, MTEC 2017
PublisherResearch Publishing Services
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9811127220, 9789811127229
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventMTEC 2017: 5th International Maritime-Port Technology and Development Conference - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 26 Apr 201728 Apr 2017
Conference number: 5


ConferenceMTEC 2017: 5th International Maritime-Port Technology and Development Conference
Abbreviated titleMTEC 2017


  • Green ports in Africa
  • Integrated port development
  • Pilot project
  • Stakeholder-inclusive
  • Sustainable port


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