Douala Ports Authority begins wreck removal after 3 decades

The operation that was launched last week is the first of such in 30 years is the first of its kind as the Port of Douala-Bonaberi seeks to be more competitive, efficient and attractive in its service delivery.
It was launched by the Minister of Transport Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe alongside the Director of the Douala Ports Authority Cyrus Ngo’o and is aimed at clearing the seaport of shipwreck which will pave the way for a free flow of maritime activities, provide more business space for the Ports Authority of Douala-Bonaberi.
“The (Douala Ports Authority) management expects that space will be created for four more docks when the broken down vessels are removed. This is also expected to facilitate the berthing of more vessels, thereby boosting business,” the Ports Authority of Douala said in a statement.
Given the complexity of the situation, 25 wrecks have been earmarked for removal during this first phase which will clear access to the docks as well as fishing docks that are major priorities for the moment.
The operation will be extended to the other docks, namely the commercial wharf, the woods dock and the military wharf. The Tiko, Limbe and Limbe 2 docks will equally follow in the next phase of the operation, management of the Douala Ports Authority said.
Wrecks of various types such as dredgers, trawlers, tugboats, service boats, ferries, cargo liners will be removed in particles and debris, given that some are in an advanced state of degradation.
This operation follows a busy week for the Ports Authority of Douala-Bonaberi marked by the signing of an accord with the Customs department to improve on the quality of services offered to users in their operations, pre and post clearance.
Edwin Fongod, Director General of the Customs department and Cyrus Ngo’o Director of the Port Authority of Douala signed the partnership in the presence of the Ministers of Transport and Finance.
The Port Authority of Douala-Bonaberi sees the Customs Department as a major player in bringing together stakeholders in both the public and private sectors involved with the port for consultations and exchanges aimed at harmonizing and improving on import/export activities in the country, authorities said.
“The Customs Administration plays (an) essential role in the management of the smooth movement of goods and persons across our borders,” Cyrus Ngo’o, the Director General of the Douala Ports Authority said.
It is therefore one of the pillars of revenue mobilization of the State, and one of the regulators of the economy, particularly in its role as an essential link in research performance of port operations and the competitiveness of the Port of Douala,” he added.
By Francis Ajumane

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