The National Port Authority (NPA) is currently undertaking several port infrastructural developments which will see major projects being implemented in the port systems of the country, according to the Acting Managing Director of NPA, David Williams.
In Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the NPA is carrying out the extension of the port marginal wharf, building open and closed storage facilities as well as procuring land space for its expansion.
The port impact projects are expected to lead to job creation and increase NPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the county, he noted.
The NPA management is now undertaking a project to pave the road network within the vicinity of the Freeport of Monrovia and also concluding negotiations for navigational aids to begin 24-hour operations at the Freeport. Navigational aids are special structures such as lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys, etc. that are used to determine the position of or guide a moving ship, aircraft, or other vehicle from one place to another.
The NPA will also maintain dredging of the entrance channel to the harbor basin, which will bring the port up to standard with the rest of the world, Mr. Williams further disclosed.
“In Greenville, a key project for the management is the rehabilitation of the main four-kilometer road leading to the port extending from Sinoe Street to the courtyard of the Port of Greenville,” Williams disclosed.
The project is being implemented as part of NPA’s corporate social responsibility as it will provide temporary employment for residents and community dwellers living along the route, Williams, who is also the Deputy Managing Director for Operations, pointed out.
The NPA has also begun delivering materials intended for the electrification of the port of Harper and the procurement of marine equipment to enhance port operations, adding, “We are fully engaged to improve services at all of our ports.”
The Acting NPA MD told his staff that improvements within the NPA operations are critical to the Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030, because these operations are expected to positively impact the development of trade and commerce in the country.