The Board of Directors of the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) has appointed Capt. James Owusu-Koranteng as the Acting Director of the Tema Port with effect from August 1, 2012.

Capt. Owusu-Koranteng, who assumes the new office with very rich experience in maritime affairs, takes over from Mr. Richard Anamoo who has been promoted to the position of Director General (DG) of GPHA.

Until this appointment he was the Harbour Master of the Tema Port.
According to a press release signed by the Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port Mr. Lawrence Atumbine and issued in Tema, the new Acting Director of Tema Port joined GPHA in April 1, 1999 as a Senior Pilot of Tema Port.

By dint of hard work, he was promoted to the position of Chief Pilot two years later.
On September 14, 2005 he assumed the position of Harbour Master of the Takoradi Port, and after two years of service there he was transferred back to Tema as the Harbour Master — a position he held until his current elevation to Acting Director of the Tema Port.

The release said Capt. Owusu-Koranteng started work with the defunct Black Star Line in 1976 and rose to the rank of Third Officer, and then in 1984 he joined the Iran National Shipping Line.

After a brief period as Third Officer with Ethiopia National Shipping Line in 1991, he moved to O.T. Africa Line where he worked for seven years as Second Officer before taking up employment with GPHA.

On the international front Capt. Owusu-Koranteng was Deputy Port Security Facility Officer from July 1, 2004 to September 13, 2005, a position which entails participation in International Ship and Port Facility security (ISPS) Committee meetings and contribution to West Africa Sub-Region (ISPS) Code Implementation among other assignments.

In the same period he was the Port Facility Security Officer for the Takoradi Port, with the responsibility for effective implementation of the ISPS Code in the Port.

Capt. Owusu-Koranteng currently holds an MSC in Maritime Affairs (Maritime Safety & Environment Protection) from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Maritime Navigation Class One (1) (Master Mariner) and General Certificate of Competency from the Regional Maritime Academy, now Regional Maritime University.

He is a product of Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) in Takoradi.
He has participated in a number of short courses and seminars in Ghana and abroad.

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