Sierra Leone and Ghana Ports Team Up

The Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) General Manager Mr. Abu B Bangura and the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours  (GPHA) Mr. Richard Anamoo have mutually consented to twin the Freetown Port of Sierra Leone and the Tema Port of Ghana in terms of cross trainings of personnel and experience sharing on the operations of the two West African Ports. The agreement was reached following an intriguing presentation on the successes and challenges of SLPA by Mr. Bangura during the Regional Maritime University Board of Governors meeting in Ghana, where the presenter requested the twining of the Freetown Port and Tema Port. On the successes of the SLPA, Mr. Bangura said the Authority has completed the dredging of the Freetown Port so that it could accommodate bigger vessels, noting that the installation of fenders and bollards is almost on the verge of complete. He said the Authority has privatized its major operational area, the Container Terminal to Bollore, African Logistics. On the Authority’s future plans, Mr. Bangura said the Authority will expand the ports with additional berths, construct a container dry-dock port and a parking lots for trucks outside the port. He said the Authority is currently reviewing the tariffs, setting up a Customer Service Unit and Monitoring and Evaluation Unit to meet the challenges of the landlord port. The General Manager was accompanied by two SLPA officials, Mr. Crispine M.O Cole, the Financial Controller and Mr. Abu Bakarr and Harbours Bah, the Planning Manager. By Abdul Kabia, Senior Communications Officer, SLPA.