February 12 2019
APM Terminals Liberia Commences 24 hour Berthing
Vessels can now berth at the port anytime of the day, eliminating vessel waiting time, improving efficiency and reducing logistics cost.
APM Terminals Liberia has commenced the berthing of vessels 24-hours a day at the Freeport of Monrovia. Until now, the berthing, mooring, pilotage and towage of vessels at the Freeport of Monrovia was restricted to only day time operations between 8am-6pm.
To make this possible, APM Terminals Liberia has invested in training its people, installed lighting towers on the quayside and tugs, and worked with the National Port Authority to deploy navigational aids in the approach channel. “All of this investment was a prerequisite for APM Terminals Liberia, as safety is at the forefront of everything we do.”, said George Adjei, Managing Director.
“Being able to berth a vessel in our port at any time of the day including night hours will be a great boost to our customers’ satisfaction, have a huge impact on the total transport and logistics cost, and also align with our yard and gate operations. APM Terminals Liberia operates a 24-hour port, having to berth vessels at night will increase the efficiency of the port”, explained the Head of Operations, Mr. Karl Gnonlonfin.
A 24-hour berthing and marine service will reduce vessel waiting time outside the Freeport of Monrovia, reducing idle time and lower operating costs. Importers and exporters will also see benefits from the more efficient vessel movements, as their cargo will be able to arrive and depart Liberia faster allowing them to get their goods to market faster.
Mr. George Adjei said “Achieving this milestone for the maritime industry in Liberia would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Executives at the National Port Authority and their Harbour Masters. The collaboration shows the partnership to achieve a common goal in the maritime sector”.