GPHA’s Security Reaping Benefits Of Investments In Technology


The Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority has demonstrated that a ton of its triumphs in the execution of safety at Ghana’s ports are owed to its interests in innovation and technology.

Talking on Eye on Port, the Deputy Security Manager, responsible for tasks at the Port of
Tema, Samuel Adjetey uncovered that the Authority has put resources into top-notch reconnaissance and access control frameworks.

He expressed that GPHA has lately set out on a digitization plan and the security division has been a center concentration.

Mr. Adjetey said “our CCTV cameras have been upgraded and we can boast of one of the best control rooms in the West African corridor. We have about 210 cameras covering the port and we still have about 90 on standby which are assessing areas to deploy them. We deploy about 20 cameras at our new jetty alone. Our administrative areas also are fully monitored and we deploy cameras that have facial identity recognition. Some of our staff also make use of body-worn cameras. We have also been trained in the use of drone equipment to enhance our surveillance methods.”

The Deputy Security Manager explained that such well-suited security has produced a decrease in the frequency of stowaway endeavors through the port.

He said the vessel and port point of interaction has been fortified regarding security.

The GPHA Security official said that in 2022 neither have stowaways been caught nor landed at the Port of Tema.

Additionally, in 2021, no endeavors were recorded through the Port of Tema, despite the fact that 2 people hidden away in different ports in Africa were landed at the Port of Tema.
In 2020, six stowaway endeavors were thwarted by the GPHA Security and 13 people were landed at the port.

He again said that digitization of the port frameworks has diminished cheats related to freight clearance.

Mr. Adjetey said before preceding the paperless port framework, the misrepresentation of port clearance solicitations by deceitful people and coordinates was widespread.

He said GPHA has guaranteed to set up safety efforts that have made such demonstrations beyond difficult.

Samuel Adjetey additionally distinguished the staff of the security division as key to the Authority’s triumphs in security.

He said GPHA’s safety workers go through small essential military training at the Ghana Armed Forces joined with a few in-house capacity programs planned to empower the safety crew to execute their tasks determinedly.

He said GPHA appreciates the solid cooperation with the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Marine Police, Ghana Immigration Service, National Investigation Bureau, and Narcotics Control Commission, among others for the smooth running of the sea exchange through Ghana’s ports.

The Deputy Security Manager at the Port of Tema asked partners to be security cognizant, of the common obligation of safeguarding themselves, cargoes and port offices.

Mr. Adjetey said, “anytime you spot abnormalities in the port including suspicious persons and packages, please draw our attention. Also for the concessionaires operating in the port, please make sure to use the best private security.”

“We also entreat stakeholders to embrace the digitization drive and roll on initiatives such as the e-tolling and the Truck and Trailer Identification and Inspection policy at the Port,” he added.

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