Speaking at a Senate Public Hearing Thursday, February 6, Mr. Bill Twehway, Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), told Senators that since October 2019, bigger vessels stopped berthing at the Free port of Monrovia because of high degree of siltation.
Speaking further to senators, Mr. Twehway said that despite the situation, ships have been berthing and products have been coming to the country. According to him, the port dredging is five years behind time. He disclosed that the last time the port was dredged was in 2012.
According to him, it was agreed with other authorities of the port that to dredge the port at a time the tides were high or at the time it was raining, was not a good idea. He further stated that had they done so at that time, they wouldn’t have reached the actual depth needed.