Elmina fishing harbour greets maiden cruise ship, the SH Vega


Ghana’s tourism got a big boost on April 18, 2024, when the Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first cruise ship since opening in 2023, with support from GPHA Port of Takoradi and the Ministry of Transport.

Usually, cruise ships dock at Tema and Takoradi, but the arrival of SH Vega marked Elmina’s debut as a cruise destination alongside its role as a fishing port.

SH Vega, carrying 106 passengers and 9 crew members from various countries like Australia, Austria, and China, anchored about 8.8 cables away from the harbor. Tourists explored Elmina’s landmarks, including the castle, Batik making Centre, Kakum National Park, and Cape Coast castle, and enjoyed traditional drumming and dance performances.

The ship carefully transported passengers and crew to shore using Zodiac boats, ensuring everyone’s safety during disembarkation.

Mr. Peter Amoo-Bediako, the Director of Port, praised the government’s vision in building the Elmina Fishing Harbour to support local fishing activities. He highlighted the endless opportunities the cruise ship’s visit brought to both the port and the entire Elmina community.

He credited the collaboration between GPHA and various regulatory bodies like Ghana Maritime Authority, Customs, Immigration, and Police for achieving this milestone, calling it a significant day for Ghana’s tourism and maritime sectors.

Hon. Solomon Appiah, the Municipal Chief Executive for KEEA, expressed optimism about the positive impact on Elmina’s local economy due to the historic visit of SH Vega. He thanked local leaders and the fishing community for their cooperation in making it happen.

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