Hats Off To LiMA, As Liberia Makes Progress, Removed From U.S. Coast Guard Advisory List

According to report, the Coast Guard of the United States America has announced in its Federal Register that it is removing the conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the Republic of Liberia to the United States.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is determined that the Republic of Liberia is now maintaining effective anti-terrorism measure in its reports, and has issued report that Liberia is removed from the list of the countries affected in paragraph ‘B’ of the Port Security Advisory.

Therefore, effective immediately, action required in paragraph ‘C’ and ‘D’ of the Port Security Advisory are no longer required for vessels arriving in the United States after visiting ports in the Republic of Liberia, the U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Advisory (2-20) noted.

This decision has saved several vessels arriving from Liberia, the embarrassment of special security measures upon arrival in the US. On May 2, 2005, the Coast Guard published a Notice in the Federal Register, (70 FR 2266), announcing that it had determined had determined that effective anti-terrorism measures were not in place in the ports of the Republic of Liberia.

Accordingly, conditions of entry were imposed on vessels that visited the Republic of Liberia in their last five port calls. However, based on recent assessments conducted in 2018, the Coast Guard said it has determined that the Republic of Liberia is maintaining effective anti-terrorist measures, and is accordingly removing the conditions of entry announced in the r previously published notice.

Other countries still on the US list not maintaining anti-terrorism measures are Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Nigeria, Republic of Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela and Yemen.

Speaking to reporters in Monrovia, Liberia Maritime Authority LiMA) boss, Lenn Eugene Nagbe emphasized the commitment of the Liberian Government to remain complaint with stipulated U.S. counter-terrorism measures and other international protocols governing maritime security.

The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Michael McCarthy, has expressed thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government for helping to fight terrorism and sanctions violation. He further urged the authorities to continue to take positive steps that would ensure they are complaint with local and international sanctions.

The removal of Liberia from the list of countries for its effective implementation of anti-terrorism measures is said to be the direct result of the work of the Global Tracking and Maritime Solution Holdings (GTMS Holdings), a maritime company that is known for its prudent work in cargo tracking of potential terrorism activities and other illicit products at sea amongst others.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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