In her 10th annual message to members of the 53rd National Legislature on Monday January 26, 2015, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf highlighted the success story of the NPA indicating that “impressive progress” has been made in the Liberian Seaports in spite of the Ebola Virus disease that struck the country.
The Liberian leader explained that development and operational activities at the three major seaports – Monrovia, Buchanan, and Sinoe, made impressive progress in terms of ships serviced and revenue generated.
The president’s continuous acknowledgment about the achievements by the current management team at the National Port Authority is unprecedented considering that; low revenue, theft of property, lack of accountability and security and consistent strike actions by port users over issues of benefits and adequate remunerations among other things were the order of the day at the Gate way to the Country’s economy during past administrations.
“Development and operational activities at the three major seaports – Monrovia, Buchanan, and Sinoe, made impressive progress in terms of ships serviced and revenue generated when Ebola struck. We will conclude action for the development of the Buchanan Port under the proposal from the French Company Bollare and the Sinoe Port under proposal from the Dutch Company APM, which manages the Freeport Port of Monrovia”.- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared.
In her annual message 2013, President Johnson-Sirleaf said “the National Port Authority has performed well to counter the situation in which the lack of maintenance over decades left our seaports in dire straits.”
Reminiscing previous achievements by MD Parker
Since the appointment of Madam Matilda Parker, the post war status of the NPA continued to change to organizational excellence by rewarding, recognizing and promoting the interest of its workforce as its most valued asset.
Improved customer service through a diversified offering of exceptional valued-added port related infrastructure, logistics and anti Ebola measures; evident by the berthing of more vessels in 2014, 13% compared to previous years cannot be over emphasized. Additionally, for the first time in many years since the establishment of the National Port Authority, the administration of Madam Parker succeeded in Producing a 25 Year Master Plan, a roadmap that was initiated to realize the vision of the NPA.
A multi-year training plan to build the capacity of the NPA employees has also been developed by the NPA management. As a result, Over 40% employees have participated in professional development programs In Israel, Ivory Coast, China, Singapore, Benin, Ghana, the United States as well as the dredging and reconstruction of the BMC pier for the support of iron ore expert.
FREEPORT OF MONROVIA
Exactly one year after Madam Parker assumed office; the Freeport of Monrovia became ISPS compliant [with no conditions] march 2010, and moved from security level 2 to security level 1. The Freeport of Monrovia is being transitioned into a Landlord Model, with an award of the operations contract to APM Terminal to handle port operations, which includes container handling, cargo handling, marine, etc.
PORT OF BUCHANAN:
The Port of Buchanan continued to remain ISPS compliant [with conditions] since March 2010. The port layout plan is under development, with opportunities for expansion towards Dida.
The 5th largest vessel in the world docked at the port of Buchanan. New office facilities have been built with the port facility fully electrified.
PORT OF GREENVILLE:
The recruitment of security officers in the port of Greenville is underway, rehabilitation and renovation of the buildings completed, CCTV criminals installed, Removal of the wreck and dredging completed. The port layout plan is under development, with opportunities for expansion in support of the oil palm industry.
The initial rehabilitation for the port of Harper is under contract, recruitment of security officers in the port of Harper is in progress, removal of the wrecks and dredging remains scheduled.
The port layout plan is under development, with opportunities for expansion in support of the oil palm industry. The coast Guard is in the process of re-establishing itself in the Freeport of Monrovia, with plans to expand to Harper.