APMT hits back at Monrovia claims
In Liberia, elected representative George Mulbah has accused APM Terminals of failing to upgrade the Free Port of Monrovia in line with its concession agreement.
"Management of the port by APM Terminals has made no difference other than reducing the clearing of goods from a period of ten days to seven days,” he said.
"Liberians who are port users usually experience difficulties in clearing their goods; because this company that was contracted to modernise our port to international standards is still using one container-loading crew, thus causing unnecessary delays and more expenses for consignees.”
Such accusations are entirely refuted by Peder Sondergaard, APM Terminals' chief executive for Africa and the Middle East.
“In the past four years, we have redeveloped Monrovia port into a modern terminal/port conforming to international standards. Not only have we fully lived up to all criteria in the concession agreement – including investment of about $100m - but have also contracted additional investments,” he said, noting that around $34m of extra upgrade works have been delayed because of the Ebola outbreak.
Port customers retrieving containers, he adds, are served by multiple pieces of container handling equipment.
“We have acquired more lifting equipment than contractually required and are continuing to add to this,” he said.
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