- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 09:25
- Written by The News
...With Egyptian Ports
The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has disclosed plans to seek partnership with Egyptian ports as a way of establishing a resource exchange between Liberian ports and the Port of Sahid.
NPA Managing Director Matilda W. Parker made the disclosure at the weekend when Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Lotel toured the Port of Monrovia including the four concessions within the port.
Madam Parker said the Port of Sahid is an excellent port for the NPA to emulate because it is an African port and it will be easy for Liberia to emulate.
She expressed the hope that a sisterly relationship can be reached very soon so that Liberian ports can get technical knowledge on how they can be maintained.
She said a sister-sister relationship between Liberian and Egyptian ports will be necessary because Egypt has excellent training institutions.
She hoped that Egypt will provide capacity building and technical training in the area of engineering for Liberian ports.
Explaining progress made over the years, Madam Parker recalled that the four concessions namely China Union, Western Cluster, Firestone and APM Terminals have occupied 85 percent of the port of Monrovia land while the management only maintains four percent.
She told Ambassador Lotel that vessel traffic at the Port of Monrovia has reduced from 97 percent to 67 percent due to the dredging of the Ports of Buchanan and Greenville.
She said vessel traffic at the Port of Monrovia now stands at 67 percent, Buchanan Port 21 percent and the Port of Greenville.