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Welcome to the National Port Authority of Liberia

Hon. David F. Williams, Managing Director, National Port Authority Hon. David F. Williams, Managing Director, National Port Authority NPA Public Communications Department

The National Port Authority (NPA) was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system comprises of four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper.

The Freeport of Monrovia is the largest within the Authority’s network. The harbor at the Freeport of Monrovia is p ro t e c t e d b y two ro c k b r e a kwa t e r s approximately 2,300 meters and 2,200 meters long, enclosing a basin of 300 hectares of protected water. The marginal wharf (main pier) is 600 meters long and capable of berthing 3 to 4 ships, dependent on the vessel size. The Freeport of Monrovia also has three finger piers: Liberia Mining Company (LMC), National Iron Ore

Company (NIOC), and Bong Mines Company (BMC) Piers.

The Port of Buchanan is located 272 kilometers south-east of Monrovia. It is the second largest port in our network. This year, the port handled the majority of the nation’s exports.

The harbor is protected by two breakwaters 1,890 meters and 590 basin, a 225 meter long ore loading quay is located adjacent to the commercial loading quay,providing a water depth of 10.5 meters below chart datum. Adjacent to the loading quay another waiting berth for ore carriers is available. On the inner side of the secondary breakwater, is a commercial quay, 334 meters long with available water depth of 9.5 meters below chart datum.

The access channel to the Port provides ships a water depth 11.5 meters below chart datum and a channel width between the breakwaters of 210 meters. Shipping activities have increased because of the logging and the equipment handling agreement with UMARCO which has improved the Port’s handling capacity and efficiency. Other companies including Chevron, Equatorial Palm

Oil, and others are expected to make extensive use of the Buchanan Port facility, thus increasing the revenue earning potential of NPA. This expected increase in shipping activities also creates the need for additional investment to improve operational efficiency and accommodate both new and old customers.

The Port of Greenville is located in the southeastern region of the country, about 673.6 kilometers from the Freeport of Monrovia. The harbor is protected by a 400 meters long breakwater, and on its inner side, by two quays.There are two berthing facilities, 70 meters and 180 meters respectively, with an existing depth 8/9 meters below chart datum. With the signing

of fourteen (14) logging, one (1) iron ore, and two (2) oil palm concessions, we anticipate high vessel traffic at this port in the coming years.

The Port of Harper is located in the southeastern region of Liberia, near the border with the Ivory Coast, about 761.6 kilometers from the Port of Monrovia. The Port was constructed on the Rocky Russwurn Island, by connecting the island to the mainland with a causeway, and by constructing a 150 meter long breakwater.

Berthing facilities are provided by a 100 meter long reinforced pier with available water depth of 5.50 meters on both sides. Its activities are centered on the exportation of logs and sawn

timbers from the southeastern hinterland. The Port of Harper will be expanded to handle the anticipated traffic from the reactivation of the oil palm sector and other derivative economic activities in the region.

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Freeport of Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Monrovia
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+231 776 651 952
+231 886 651 952