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Nat‘l Port Authority completes dredging at the Free Port of Monrovia

Edward Tamba/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
The Free Port of Monrovia,Liberia(NPA)
The Free Port of Monrovia,Liberia(NPA)

MONROVIA,LIBERIA-The National Port Authority (NPA) said it has completed the dredging of the Freeport of Monrovia to a depth of 13.5 meters and in some places, 14.5 meters, in order to accommodate larger and wilder vessels, provide for safe navigation and facilitate trade and commerce. 

According to the NPA release Monday, the dredging was executed by the Norwegian company, Nordsee, a secondary of Dredging Environment Marine International, DEME Group.

The NPA Management said DEME Group was the Most Responsive Bidder selected from among the six companies that submitted bids in an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) process executed by the NPA, and the outcome approved by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC).  

It said the port was dredged in 2012 to 12.5 meters, but was reduced to 11.5 meters over the past five years due to siltation buildup.

The NPA management maintained that as a result of the just completed dredging, the depth has increased to 13.5 meters in most places and 14.5 in other areas, eliminating the need for draft restriction which has been lifted immediately.

NPA Managing Director  David Williams said as a consequence of this dredging, it is expected that cargo at the Freeport of Monrovia will increase since the port  can now attract and accommodate bigger and wilder vessel safely and reliably.


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