The United States of America Coast Guards has on Tuesday, 2nd April engaged the Sierra Leone Ports Authority on International Safety and Port Security facility (ISPS) compliance at the various facilities at the Freetown port.
The US Coast Guards has been engaging Ports all over the world to ensure international safety and security compliance, the United States Coast Guards lead, Alex Karnath said during their engagement with the management of the Sierra Leone Ports and the ISPS designated authority, the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration.
Karnath furthered “the engagement at the Freetown Port will look at the safety and security challenges and the team will offer suggestions on the way forward.”
The management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority has put premium on safety and security to march up with international port security and safety, SLPA General Manager, Dr. Abdulai Fofana told the US Coast Guards.
“We have beefed up our security numerical strength. Safety and security protocols at the port has been reviewed. The Freetown Port perimeter fence has been fixed with barbed wires installed in it. We are working to meet international safety and security benchmarks.”
SLPA Deputy General Manager, Yankuba Askia Bio, on his part, said the management has provided additional safety and security gadgets including CCTV cameras and the installation of a colour-coded card machine that restricts the movement of pedestrians within the port confinement.
The Sierra Leone Ports Authority has developed a Port Security and Safety Master plan, and it has been submitted to the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (ISPS Designated Authority) for consideration, the Port Facility Security Officer, Alpha Yaya Bangura intimated, adding that the port has extended its security and safety network across its neighborhood.