The management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has dedicated a modern health facility and a power-house at the Port of Buchannan in Grand Bassa County.
The clinic will provide first aid treatment to the workforce and port users and is the first medical facility to be built within the Port of Buchannan since its establishment in 1963.
Acting Managing Director David Williams said the clinic and powerhouse are milestones that will go a long way in the operation of the port.
He said the management is convinced that the completion of the clinic, backed by the quantity of medical supplies and available equipment, will enable the facility to provide a sense of relief to anyone who might sustain injury or fall ill while on the job.
“We are highly impressed with the construction of the new powerhouse within the Port of Buchanan the constant supply of electricity to this and the rest of the seaports in Liberia is vital to maintaining the security and movement of vessels in the port,” Williams asserted.
He attributed the success at the Buchannan Port to the hard working management team headed by the Manager, Patrick B. Konneh, which he credited for keeping up the positive image of the port.
Mr. Williams then expressed the hope that the commitment and efforts exhibited by NPA employees would translate into achieving the general goal of the entity with the aim to make the NPA the hub for transshipment and premier port in West and Central Africa.
Located 272 kilometers Southeast of Monrovia the Buchanan Port is the second largest in the country next to the Freeport of Monrovia. The Buchannan Port was constructed by the Liberia-American-Swedish Mineral Company (LAMCO) between 1963-64 to accommodate commercial interests other than iron ore, logs, rubber and palm products.
The Port has recorded increase in vessel traffic from 18 in 2010 to 182 to present.