The seaport of Greenville, Sinoe County, has met an international certified standard known as “International Standard for Port Security, Compliance Level 1,” as it birthed the biggest ship since its establishment.
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, a 179.5 meter long Singapore-registered vessel had docked at the port of Greenville, in Sinoe County, making it the largest ship to have docked at the port since it was established.
The vessel, “Kota Budaya,” brought in huge supplies of construction materials for companies operating in the southeastern regional parts of Liberia, Port Manager Alex s. Noah has said.
“This vessel is the longest and biggest to dock on this 180 meters long wharf, during this post-war period,” he said.
Some of the construction materials offloaded from the vessel included caterpillars, trucks as well as several containers bearing spare parts.
Mr. Noah said the ship came from Sierra Leone before docking in Greenville, where it will spend some days and then proceed to its next port of call in Nigeria.
He described the docking as a good sign for the port, the region and the country at large, adding, “docking of such a ship indicates the port has met with international Standards of Port Security or ISPS.
“This port is now ISPS compliant level 1 security code, designated by Maritime authorities of said Ishmael Koffeh, public relations officer.
According to him, ISPS’ regulations of any port playing host to ships above 500 tonnage is subject to ISPS’ compliance under the US Coast Guard.
He said the Greenville Port is now berthing vessels over 500 tonnage, indicating that it is now certified by the ISPS.
The coming of the vessel will open the way for other investors, who want to do business in the southeast where the road network is very poor and always deplorable, especially during the rainy season.
“This is my first time to see such a heavy or big ship offloading machines such as caterpillars and trucks,” said Season Kosleh, a petty business woman residing in Greenville.
“We are very happy to see such development, because if ships dock here with assorted goods it will certainly ease movement to Monrovia for goods,” she added.