Monrovia — The Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), Mr. Binyah Kesselly, has asserted that Liberia is becoming a major trade zone as more ships are now docking than ever before.
Commissioner Kesselly pointed out that more ships are now docking at the ports in Buchanan, Haper and Greenville.
According to him, this has increased the activities of the Maritime Authority in those counties.
The Maritime boss made these comments Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at program marking the official opening of a temporary regional office in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The regional office, he noted, will serve the Ports of Buchanan, Greenville and Harper in Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Maryland Counties respectively.
"The docking of more ships at these various ports will increase our own activities in those counties. It is also important to note that the opening of the regional office will ease our cost of operations and increase safety," said the Maritime boss.
"By the opening of this office, Maritime workers will no longer drive from Monrovia to the various counties upon the arrival of a ship," he stated.
Commissioner Kessely disclosed that a former international Maritime employee, Mr. Gustav Bernard, has donated an acre of land to LiMA in Fortsville, Grand Bassa County.
He also disclosed that LiMA intends to construct its permanent regional office, which will serve all the ports in that region on the acre of land.
The construction of the permanent office, he disclosed, would start within in 18 months' period. "The offices in Buchanan provide same best in class customer service through a diversified offering of exceptional value-based maritime-related products and services. We will continue to pride ourselves in assuring safety, the welfare of seafarers, the protection of the Maritime Environment, and the preservation of quality service to our clients," he stated.
He, among other things, added that this positions the LiMA Program as a pre-eminent driving force of the national economy, developing avenues for strategic partnerships and infrastructural development directly related to the growth objectives of the Government of Liberia (GoL).