LIBERIA: “Our Port is Secure for Business,” NPA Official Assures Investors

An official of the National Port Authority (NPA) has called on investors and counterparts in the maritime sector to continue to do business with the NPA as international standards are ensured at the ports of Liberia.

NPA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Yekeh Forkpah, said the management has instituted appropriate anti-Ebola prevention measures to engender confidence in the shipping industry that the port is safe and secure for operations.

Forkpah made the statement in an interview with reporters in Monrovia on Friday.

“Our counterparts can be assured that they can enter the Free Port of Monrovia safely and leave safely because our port is secure, safe and sound,” the NPA official noted.

According to Forkpah, there are standard safety measures in place at the port to ensure that the environment remains safe for the conduct of business and to assure partners that they will be safe from Ebola.

Forkpah disclosed that due to the measures put in place, the port has experienced no impact on trade and vessel traffic, noting that the port is still averaging 33 vessels a month amidst the outbreak of the virus.

He added that the NPA is expecting 13 vessels to arrive at the port soon.

He said in order to protect investors from contracting the disease, the management has decided to allow only vessel crew with passports to leave vessels, adding  that they will go through the necessary checks.

“We at the Free Port have a big responsibility to the country and as such, we will take no chances to jeopardize the country’s economy and as such, we are doing our best to have the wheels of the economy running,” Forkpah said.

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