Integrated and Sustainable Port Development in Ghana within an African Context

This project aims to develop an inclusive and participatory framework and tools for the design of integrated and sustainable ports in Africa, by focusing on the Ghanaian port of Tema as a pilot project.

Project presentation UDW-II Kick-off meeting at 9 May 2016


Project leader: Prof. ir. T. (Tiedo) Vellinga (Delft University of Technology)

Consortium partners: Ms M. Keulemans (Netherlands-African Business Council), Dr K. Appeaning Addo (University of Ghana), Prof. Dr. Ir. D. Roelvink (UNESCO-IHE), Dr J. Slinger (Delft University), Prof dr H. Lindeboom (Alterra-Wageningen University), Prof dr R. Brouwer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Dr C. Schipper (Deltares)

Consortium partners (institutions): Netherlands-African Business Council, University of Ghana, UNESCO-IHE, Delft University of Technology, Alterra-Wageningen University, VU University Amsterdam, Deltares


The activities associated with traditional port development negatively impact ecosystems and socio-economic functions. Recent initiatives such the Sustainable Ports Guidance of PIANC and IAPH suggest adopting new approaches for sustainable port development.

The aim of this project is to develop a framework and tools for designing integrated and sustainable ports in Africa in which environmental, economic and public benefits are balanced. The project incorporates an integrated approach to port design that is stakeholder-inclusive and encompasses engineering, ecological, economic and governance aspects. A bottom up approach is employed, whereby research in all four disciplines is directed at relevant and practical cases in Africa. The generated knowledge and learning will be applied in developing tools and a generic design framework for African ports. The selected case, i.e., the expansion of port of Tema in Ghana, is expected to demonstrate added value of sustainable designs and serve as a catalyst for other port projects in Africa. To enable this, well-defined activities related to knowledge dissemination and research uptake form an integral part of the project. Academia, applied research and knowledge institutes, practitioners and potential users collaborate as partners in this project; this is invaluable for 'action-based' research and 'demand driven' knowledge development. Additional deliverables of the project are 'Best practice guidelines for implementing integrated and sustainable port development in Africa' and an international 'Green ports Africa network', a community of researchers and private sector practitioners. The proposal development workshop in Ghana, July 2015, gave a promising start to the stakeholder-informed port development process.


Publical information

  • T Vellinga(2016): Kick off Meeting and First General Workshop for Supporting Parties
  • A van der Kraan(2017): Project Flyer Sustainable Ports Africa
  • T Vellinga(2017): Conference presentation Integrated and sustainable port development African Ports Evolution Confernce Accra Ghana, Sept 5 -7 2017
  • J.H. Slinger(2017): Sustainable Ports in Africa Stakeholder Workshop 9 February 2017 Tema, Ghana


Project number

W 07.69.206

Main applicant

Prof. ir. T. Vellinga

Affiliated with

Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculteit Civiele Techniek en Geowetenschappen, Afdeling Hydraulic Engineering

Team members

Dr. B. Amisigo, W. de Boer, Drs. A. Kihara Kangeri, Dr. M.J.J. Koetse, Dr. B.L.M. Kothuis, Dr. E. Mahu, Prof. ir. T. Vellinga, Dr. ir. H.S.I. Vreugdenhil