The Samuel Alfred Ross Port in Greenville, Sinoe County has regained its prewar status in the shipment of logs, more than 10 years after the end of the Liberian civil-war.

On tour of the port on Tuesday, May 2, by this reporter, it was observed that mechanisms have been put in place to give the port an international look, including its perimeter and security.

Currently, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is constructing its oil storage facility in the port for the shipment of its goods.

“This port is ready for business and we encourage all Liberians as well as the international community or well meaning investors who have businesses in the eastern part of Liberia to use this port as an entry port to bring in their goods,” said J. Dagger Wiles, port manager.

“We have an international seaport security here and nobody can just enter this port without going through security scrutiny,” he added.

The Daily Observer saw Liberia’s security apparatus, including immigration, customs among other security agencies, carrying out their normal duties in line with National Port Authority standards.

There is currently a large ship at the port loading logs. “This is my first time to see such a big ship, since I was born,” said Cephus Kargou, a resident of Greenville. “I thought this port can only accept [small] boats, but I am happy with the government for this kind of development.”

“There are tugboats to guide bigger ships to easily dock and it is through a loan from the Kuwaiti Government that enables the Liberian government to procure them,” port spokesman Ishmael T. Koffeh said.

The captain of the tugboats, Harry J. Gabon–Tay, said their services are provided around the clock to ensure security of the ships, as well as conducting regular patrols around the port.

The Samuel Alfred Ross Port was originally constructed by the German government and dedicated on December 11, 1964, by President William V. S. Tubman. It was one of the leading ports in Liberia up to the time of the civil war.

The management of the port is anticipating the construction of warehouses and creating more container pads.

Meanwhile, only one vessel at a time is allowed to dock at the port, owing to its size.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Liberia is still exporting RAW/UNPROCESSED LOGS in 2017 in the midst of such pressing need for jobs and economic growth!!!!

    Unprocessed logs valuing tens of millions of dollars are allowed to leave the country on a daily basis. It shipped to foreign countries where those countries process and add value to OUR logs thereby creating joba for their people and getting richer.

    But our president won’t allow struggling Liberian rubber farmers to export their unprocessed rubber to wherever they can get a fair price for their rubber.
    She gave Firestone absolute monopoly in the entire country as the only buyer of unprocessed rubber. And Firestone pays anything it wants to farmers for their rubber….way below the eisting world market price.

  2. This needs to change. I don’t know of any country in Africa or the world ever that is this stupid and insensitive to the needs of their own people like Liberia. Rubber, Timber, Oil Palm, etc should not be allow to leave Liberia. We should had developed our human capital by now to move our iron ore into manufacturing. Energy has been the issue with more companies in the country, however, with the Mt Coffee Hydro Dam on stream, we should be over that. This is sad! I totally agreed with you Emmanuel.

    • Many countries are log exporters, including rich countries in Scandinavia, many other rich countries export massive amounts of raw and minimally processed materials ranging from minerals to vegetables to whole meat carcasses.

  3. Do we really need 2 tugboats for the Port of Greenville? As I recalled during the glorious days of the 70s when this port financed the operations of the NPA, said port had only one tugboat, why 2 boats today? I hope the management is looking into the cost of maintaining those boats as well as repaying the Kuwaiti Loan per schedule; It is my understanding that the first payment commences in June 2017. It is nice to see such a large vessel alongside the pie; just want to know how many of such vessels call at the port in order to make this investment worth it. May I know when last was this port dredged and what is the present draft? Has the bridge connecting the port with the mainland been rehabbed? Are there trained manpower to operate and maintain those expensive crafts? Mar pepo oh, dar jus mar 2 cents I puttin der oh.

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