Less than 48 hours after David F. Williams, Acting Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), announced the 24/7 pilot service Aids to Navigation, the utility was put in motion on Wednesday allowing two vessels (MV/CSL Atlas”) to sail at 7:20 p.m. following the berthing of another vessel (M/V “Bulk Peru”) at 8:54 p.m.
Mr. Williams made the pronouncement on Tuesday, October 20, in Monrovia.
The port of Buchanan recorded the night time navigation of the two vessels for the first time in 25 years in fulfillment of the NPA management’s most recent announcement on the resumption of the services at the port.
Prior to the installation of the Aids to Navigation along the breakwaters at the Port of Buchanan, the last booking time for pilots at the port was 5:30 p.m.
The port is an International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) certified Security Level One Port (SLOP).
It is located 272 kilometers south-east of Monrovia and is Liberia’s second largest seaport.
The harbor is protected by two breakwaters, 1890m and 590m long. Inside the basin, a 225 meter long ore loading quay is located adjacent to the commercial loading quay, which provides a water depth of 10.5m below chart datum. Adjacent to the loading quay another waiting berth for ore carriers is available. On the inner side of the secondary breakwater, is a commercial quay, 334m long with available water depth of 9.5m below chart datum.
The access channel to the Port provides ships a water depth of 11.5m below chart datum and a channel width between the breakwaters of 210m.
Investment companies including Chevron, Equatorial Palm Oil, African Petroleum and others are expected to make extensive use of the Buchanan Port facility, thus increasing the revenue earning potential for the Liberian government.