The National Port Authority (NPA) has established a Safety and Security Division (SSD) to focus on the welfare of customers, visitors and employees at the four ports in the country.
The NPA in its 2014/15 Annual Report identified the operational areas as the Ports of Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Monrovia. According to the report, the establishment of the SSD is based on the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of the NPA pursuant to the management’s vision to maintain and improve the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) compliance status. The report stated that the Division has both administrative and operational functions through which it is responsible to prepare and implement rules and regulations pertaining to Personal, Financial, Logistical, Training, Research, Planning, Operations and other structural and disciplinary policies necessary to manage the division and effectively protect people and properties. The report indicated that the National Port Authority’s first female fire chief was promoted and given full employment status along with her colleagues. “The objective is to make the Fire Department one of the most highly-trained firefighting forces in the country,” the report added. According to the report, the Liberia Seaport Police (LSP) which is the implementing arm of the inter-port law enforcement, works in concert with surrounding law enforcement agencies, particularly the Liberia National Police, to ensure coordinated response. The report noted that LSP enforces NPA’s policies and regulations and also implements ISPS procedures within the ports, adding that LSP can arrest, temporarily detain and subsequently prosecute violators. In a related development, the corporate security, which is made up of the LSP and ISPS, conducted regular drills and training of personal on ISPS awareness, the report stated. It said 23 LSP and North Star Guards were also trained on ISPS awareness at the port of Buchanan, while 100 LSP personal and North Star Guards had their training at the Freeport of Monrovia. The report indicated that the training was facilitated by the Liberia Maritime Training Institute. According to the report, in 2014, ISPS Department conducted regular periodic inspections of all ports in Liberia, including drills and exercises, and created ISPS policies and procedures for the ports. Meanwhile, according to the report, the department also monitored the implementation of ISPS procedures and policies by LSP at all ports, including production and issuance of Access Passes to ports users among others. The NPA Corporate Security “successfully delivered and exited” 21,516 full containers and 2,934 vehicles as imports across the NPA network in 2014, the report indicated.