The National Port Authority (NPA) has officially dedicated the Freeport of Monrovia Internal Road Modernization project which intends to primarily improve traffic flow, reduce traffic hazard and improve general safety for all port users thereby enhancing trade and truly serving as the gate to the economy.
David F. Williams Managing Director of NPA giving the project statement on Friday, December 15, 2017 said the project was totally financed from the NPA coffers without taking on any debt.
“The dedication of the rigid pavement, sidewalks, drainages and street lights which fell into a state of disrepair for over three decades is true demonstration of the collective commitment to infrastructure improvement in the Government’s Agenda for Transformation particularly the infrastructure pillar,” Mr. Williams said.
Mr. Williams said since taking over in 2015, his team has moved the Free Port of Monrovia from 12-hours operations to 24-hours when they procured and installed Aids to Navigation. “We dredged the Port entrance channel and the basin to the deepest in the history of the Port to 13 meters, enabling larger vessels to call the Freeport thereby reducing the cost of doing business through economy of scale.
He added that through his team oversight responsibility for the APM Terminals concession, the company phase two project is been dedicated. Madam President, you will be dedicating the APM Terminals Phase II project which includes the construction of APM Terminals new corporate headquarters, extension of the container yard and the new entrance and exit gates.
Similarly, Conex Petroleum Group, a 100% Liberian owned business collaborated with NPA and LPRC to complete Conex Petroleum storage Terminal in order to meet the petroleum products storage needs of the country.
According to him, other development works have been taking place in the Ports of Buchanan, Greenville and Harper. At the Port of Buchanan, Equatorial Palm Oil is concluding arrangements to begin building a bulking station for the export of crude palm oil. In Greenville, we rehabilitated and improved infrastructure and have now achieved International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) level-1 desi9gnation for the first time, he said.
“In the Port of Harper, my team has improved port conditions and renovated key structures to include the demarcation of the port areas by a concrete fence and the rehabilitation of warehouses and operational areas.”
Mr. George G. Adjei Managing Director of APM Terminals said the dedication marks a turning point in the history of the Freeport of Monrovia and his company is proud to be a part of such a remarkable achievement.
Mr. Adjei said in September 2010, APM Terminals made a promised to help build and improve the infrastructures of the Freeport of Monrovia and up to present the company has lived up to its promise by completing and dedicating several projects.
Writes P. Nas Mulbah