Dedication of State-of-the-Art Mobile Cranes Today -APM Terminals, Govt. Improve Port Operations with US15m Facility
MONROVIA: The National Port Authority (NPA) and port users get a huge boost as two state-of-the-art Liebherr 600 model mobile harbor cranes are expected to be dedicated in Monrovia in a colorful ceremony slated for today.
The heavy duty modern cranes will be used in unloading and loading cargo from ships calling at the Freeport—a huge step to greatly enhance the productivity of the Port and reduce vessel waiting time, something that translates to reduction of prices in the market for goods imported into Liberia, a direct boost for the economy.
The Special Guest of Honor at the program is Hon. Samuel D. Tweah Jr., Minister of Finance & Development Planning, who deliver a special statement on behalf of the President of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah.
He will also do the dedication and presentation of the giant cranes for immediate use by the NPA and ATM Terminals.
NPA Managing Director Diana Nebo will also deliver a special message at the ceremony, while Project Highlights & Documentary will be done by Etienne Saint-Jean, Head of Operations, APM Terminals Liberia.
APM Terminals’ long term and collaborative partnership with the government and good people of Liberia has been at the fore of driving ambitious investment in Liberia.
The cranes are intended to support further increase of capacity at the Freeport of Monrovia which will lead to additional volume growth. The two state-of-the-art Liebherr 600 model mobile harbor cranes are a further investment of US$15 million for use in unloading and loading cargo from ships calling at the Freeport.
This investment will greatly enhance the productivity of the Port and reduce vessel waiting time which translates to reduction of prices in the market for goods imported into Liberia, a direct boost for the economy. It aligns with the recently completed dredging of the Freeport of Monrovia which paves the way for larger gearless vessels.
By enabling larger vessels with more containers to call, this project is in line with the Government of Liberia’s vision to attract more investments and stimulate economic growth.
This historic project has been driven by the notable partnership between APM Terminals Liberia, the National Port Authority and the Government of Liberia.
Together with its regulatory stakeholders who have been strong partners, APM Terminals Liberia says it remains dedicated to transforming the Freeport of Monrovia into an economically viable gateway to the Mano River Region.
About the APM
APM Terminals Liberia operates a state-of-the-art multi-purpose port in the Freeport of Monrovia on a 25-year concession from the Government of Liberia. With a container capacity of approximately 200,000 TEU per year, the terminal also has facilities for General Cargo (Rice, Wheat, Cement, Clinker, Limestone, Gypsum etc.), Project Cargo and Break Bulk, and provides world-class pilotage and towing services.
APM Terminals commenced operations in February 2011 and has so far invested about $140 million in upgrading of the terminal infrastructure, procurement of operational equipment and training of employees.
The terminal facilities have been upgraded to an internationally recognized Terminal Operating System and Global Safety Standards includes the reconstruction of the quay length of 600 meters, fully paved yard, specialized container handling equipment now including latest generation mobile harbor cranes, specialist reefer facilities, biometric access control and full CCTV coverage for the highest levels of security, and 5 x 500kva generators providing triple protection for business continuity.
Digital Solutions The Terminal uses APM Terminals globally recognized and advanced Terminal Operating System, which allows real-time visibility of import/export container status. Containers can also be tracked through the Container Watchlist without having to repeat a search.
Health, Safety, Security & Environment APM Terminals Liberia operates to international standards and has implemented APM Terminals Global Standards to ensures the constant care of all employees. Implementation of these global standards remains our primary focus for the safety and wellbeing of our people, our community and our environment.
All these investments, initiatives and standards have led to an increase in the Freeport of Monrovia’s cargo handling capacity.
Since Phase II of the terminal development was completed in 2017, the port has witnessed a sustained growth in cargo volume with General Cargo and Container volumes growing by 63% and 41% respectively.
The Terminal now supports 1,000 direct and contracted employment opportunities as well as more than 5,000 indirect employment opportunities. From the concession inception to date, APM Terminals Liberia continues to make significant contribution to the Government of Liberia and has paid approximately US$170 million in concession fees and taxes (direct and indirect) to date.
The Corporate Social Initiatives have been the bedrock of our connection with ATM Terminals Liberia community; providing support in the areas of health, education, sports and community development among others.