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Ghana: Grimaldi Group names vessel after Port of Tema

The Grimaldi Group, a prominent operator in shipping and passenger transport across Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, has recently named one of its largest vessels within the new G5 class of ro/ro multipurpose ships after the Port of Tema.

During a grand ceremony held at the Port of Tema to commemorate the christening of the ship MV Great Tema, Walter Aceti, the Managing Director of Grimaldi Ghana, expressed the company’s longstanding involvement in Ghana’s shipping industry spanning over 40 years.

“The arrival of Great Tema is a celebration of the port, the Tema community and the whole nation. It’s a symbol of hope and a source of inspiration, and a reminder of the greatness of Ghana. Together we are setting sail towards a horizon filled with opportunity, growth and shared success,” he said.

A representative of the Grimaldi Ship owners, Guiseppe Patane explained the rationale for naming the vessel after the Port of Tema.

“So the choice of naming this ship the Great Tema is a clear sign of confidence and also appreciation of the association between the Grimaldi Group and the Port of Tema. Actually, we believe that it’s fitting perfectly that such a fine ship is named after such a fine Port. Also because the Port of Tema from now on will be one of the main homes of this ship in future.”

Daniela D’Orlandi, the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, revealed that the bilateral trade volume between Ghana and Italy surged to nearly 700 million Euros in 2023. She emphasized the importance of fostering additional opportunities and promoting further growth in trade between the two nations.

Michael Luguje, Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, commended the Grimaldi Group for their partnership with Ghana’s ports. He assured them of the authority’s commitment to nurturing the established relationship, aiming to cultivate more favorable opportunities in the future.

“I’m happy that this vessel didn’t come here empty, it came with cargo meant for Ghana. Which means that majority of shippers in this country and traders still believe in Ghana’s ports and they have Ghana’s ports as their choice of destination. That is why this vessel loaded Ghana bound cargo to be discharged in our ports. We are grateful to these customers and we are grateful of course to the Grimaldi Group for all these years, and for naming the ship after Tema.

For us at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority our role within the economy of Ghana is to provide enabling infrastructure and systems that will make Ghana the best destination for trade. I think we’ve played this role quite well and if I may just draw your attention to the fact that today, apart from Ghana’s history as the star of Africa, Tema is also the Center of the world, so naturally we have a leading role by geography and we haven’t forgotten that our governments have supported the Ports Authority to position Ghana’s Ports in this height,” the GPHA Boss highlighted.

He highlighted that Ghana boasts the foremost container terminal in West and Central Africa, alongside the leading dry bulk terminal. Additionally, he announced plans to inaugurate a new oil and gas services terminal at the Port of Takoradi by the conclusion of 2024.

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