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General LIBERIA

GENERAL (See Plan) 24 Hours Before Arrival:
Whenever an expected ore ship is to arrive in the Port of Buchanan within
about 24 hours, the LAMCO Clearing Office will for the purpose of securing
GEO-POLITICAL: timely and accurate information on the ETA of the ship, maintain the following
Capital City: Monrovia. radio watch schedule.
Nationality: (noun) Liberian, (adjective) Liberian. Morning: 0800 – 0900 GMT.
Population: 3,334,587. Afternoon: 1500 – 1600 GMT
Frequencies:
COMMUNICATIONS: The radio watch is kept on call frequency 2,182 kHz for subsequent
International Direct Dial Code: 231. switching over to 2638 kHz, or 2738 kHz (0830 – 0900 and
Number of Internal Airports: 2. 1530 – 1600 GMT).
Major Languages Spoken: English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group The radio set used on shore has a reach of approximately 600 miles. In
languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence. accordance with the above, ore ships heading for Buchanan and having radio
ECONOMY: sets operating on frequencies listed are requested to establish radio contact
Currency: 1 Liberian Dollar (LRD) of 100 Cents. with ‘‘Buchanan Harbour’’ and give ETA message as soon as possible after
Main Industries: Rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber and they have come within 600 miles distance from the port.
diamonds. Contact at a distance of approximately 1,400 miles and on sailing from last
ENVIRONMENT: port:
Territorial Sea: 200 n.m. Sailing from last port: On sailing from last port for Buchanan, the owner
Coastline Extent: 579 km. or the Master shall telegraph to ‘‘GIMSALES’’, Stockholm (Telex No. 17549)
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; dry winters with hot days and cool to cold and to ‘‘LAMCO’’, Buchanan (Telex No. 44260) stating expected date of
nights; wet, cloudy summers with frequent heavy showers. arrival and furthermore indicate to the latter the vessel’s preferred radio
Natural Resources: Iron ore, timber, diamonds, gold and hydropower. working frequency in the 4000 kHz – 8000 kHz range.
Natural Hazards: Dust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara Radio watches: Starting 4 days before the vessel’s ETA at Buchanan,
(December to March). ‘‘Buchanan Harbour’’, ELM 1, will call the vessel on 6520.0 kHz between
Terrain: Mostly flat to rolling coastal plains rising to rolling plateau and low 0830 – 0900 GMT and 1530 – 1600 GMT.
mountains in northeast. Every day, except on holidays and Sundays, Buchanan Harbour keeps
Average Temperatures: watch on 2182.0 kHz between 0800 – 0830 GMT and 1500 – 1530 GMT.
Month High Low These watches will also be kept on holidays and Sundays in case a vessel
January 32␥ C 21␥ C is expected on those days or the following workday.
June 29␥ C 21␥ C Notice in advance: The Master shall give telex or cable notice 72 hours
September 28␥ C 20␥ C and 36 hours prior to the vessel’s expected arrival at Buchanan to LAMCO,
PIRACY: Notice to Mariners: Buchanan, if no radio contact has been established previously.
1. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when sailing near the coast of VHF: Buchanan Harbour on Channels 16, 6, 9, 12 and 14.
Liberia. TUGS: Lamco provides towage with two tugs 1,640 h.p. and one tug
2. A cargo vessels was seized by small craft believed to have been operated 3,300 h.p. Tugs join vessel about 0.5 mile north of red buoy.
by the National Patriotic Front of Liberia. Information indicates that the rebel BERTHS: Ore Quay: Length 257 m., depth alongside 14.0 m.
ships may be flying two flags – flag of Liberia and the flag of the National Commercial Quay: Length 320 m., depth alongside 10.0 m.
Patriotic Front (Red with Black Scorpion). Tug Quay: Length 126 m., depth alongside 10.0 m.
2. Mariners are advised to keep at least 30 miles off the coast.
Storage: A commercial warehouse with a storage capacity of 2,300 sq.m.
built on the harbour along with the Customs warehouse of 1,000 sq.m.
Iron ore storage capacity: 1.7 million tons on shipping stockpiles. 0.4 million
BUCHANAN: 05␥ 52' N 010␥ 02' W (See Plan) tons on feed stockpiles.
BULK FACILITIES:
OVERVIEW: Port handles ore ships and tankers. Ore Ships with a Draft of 39 ft. or More:
LOCATION: On the west coast of Liberia. The departure shall be arranged in such a way that the following conditions
are fulfilled:
PORT LIMITS: A vessel shall be considered to have arrived at Port of 1. Minimum clearance ‘‘C’’ under the ship’s keel shall be 3 ft. except for
Buchanan when she enters a circle with a 3 nautical mile radius from the
ships having a beam ‘‘B’’ exceeding 125 ft., for which minimum clearance
beacon on the main breakwater head (Fl.G.3 sec.). The above does not affect
required shall be calculated by the following formula:
present stipulations of ore ships’ Notice of Readiness, which remain
unchanged nor does it limit Port Authorities exclusive right to decide in which C␦ B ␺ 3 ft.
order ships shall be worked. ——
Notice of Readiness: Notice of Readiness will not be accepted from 125
vessels anchored more than 3 miles off the head of the main breakwater. 2. Maximum advisable draft ‘‘D’’ Max in the basin shall at any time be based
DOCUMENTS: on the actual height of the sea level ‘‘H’’ at that time (measured from the
1 Clearance from last Port of Call. project 0-level) and on the required minimum clearance ‘‘C’’ under the
1 Health Declaration. keel shall under normal conditions be estimated as follows (for ␤12.95 m.
6 Number of Passengers Lists. area):
4 Ports of Call Lists. D max ␦ 42.5 + H – C (all measurements in feet).
6 Cargo Manifests (even in ballast). 3. Departure on falling tide is permitted only when it can be shown that the
7 Crew Lists. minimum clearance ‘‘C’’ as per above will be maintained during a period
3 Stores Lists (ship). of at least 2 hours from the time the tugs start pulling. (This means as a
3 Personal Effects Lists. consequence that for a ship that commences departure less than one
1 Vaccination List. hour before high water the draft shall be based on estimated level of the
Customs, health and passport inspection normally takes place at the berth. falling water 2 hours after commencement.
It is recommended that the Master of the ship himself attends at the Note that the level one hour after high water has sunk about 7% and the
boarding party to clear the ship upon arrival and that the above documents level 2 hours after high water 25% of the total tidal range.
are prepared upon the ship’s arrival.
MAX. SIZE: Bulk: Depth 14.0 m. (CD). Buchanan Ore Loading Quay: With the completion of the deep water
Tankers: Draft 27 ft. basin at the Ore Loading Quay, the water depth alongside the quay is
increased from 12.95 m. to 14.00 m. below the zero level of the General
DENSITY: 1020-1025 (varying). Elevation System.
RESTRICTIONS: Arrival Draft: Maximum arrival draft for ore carriers The required keel clearance is 3 ft. for ships up to 125 ft. beam. The max.
must not exceed 8.85 m. and air draft should not exceed 15.0 m. Maximum permissible draft alongside the quay is thus:
arrival draft for cargo vessels must not exceed 9.15 m. 46 ft. ␤ ( beam in ft. ␺ 3) ft. + tide
Harbour Traffic Hours: Towage and pilotage (ore ships), 0000 – 2400 hrs. —————
General cargo ships (tankers), 0700 – 2300 hrs. 125
PILOTAGE: Lamco provides pilotage. Pilot boarding approximately Tidal Range: MHWS ␦ +1.18 m. above zero level of the General Elevation
1.5 miles off the main breakwater, bearing 095␥/110␥. Pilot to be provided
with a clean and safe ladder on the lee side. Buchanan Pilot on VHF Channel System. MLW ␦ +0.05 m. above zero level of the General Elevation System.
16. MLWS ␦ ␤ 0.15 m. below zero level of the General Elevation System.
Because of the necessity to save a rock shelf to support the sheetpiling of
ANCHORAGES: If waiting for Pilot, anchor off main breakwater on the cells when blasting and dredging the deep water basin, new fenders have
bearing 090␥ – 110␥, 1.5 miles – 2.5 miles off main breakwater (south). been installed at the quay in order to keep the bilges of the vessels well
Exit Channel: Anchoring is prohibited within a sector with a bearing of clear of those rocks. The new fenders have a diameter of 1.20 m. A ship
060␥ – 080␥ to the head of the main breakwater, as this is the exit sector. loaded to maximum permissible draft can have a list of 5␥ without touching
PRATIQUE: Customs, health and passport inspection normally takes place the rock slope but since she would touch the bottom with a list of about
at the berths. Quarantine signal must not be hauled down before ‘‘Free 3␥ such lists will not be tolerated.
Pratique’’ is received. If diseases are suspected on board contact the Port Height of Shiploader: 17.0 m. above the water level at MHWS. A 1.0 m.
Authorities or Agents by radio for instructions. After call at other Liberian ports safety margin is normally sufficient.
where Free Pratique has been granted, Port Health will also board here. Maximum shiploader outreach (including throw) from the new fender line
PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION: Immediately Before Arrival: is 24.0 m. whereby a max. 48 m. wide vessel can be loaded. Loading rate
Watch schedule of Buchanan Harbour: 6,000 t.p.h. (3,000 t.p.h. July 1987).
From about 2 hours before expected arrival of an ore ship, the LAMCO It must be clearly understood that the sailing drafts are unchanged. The
Clearing Office is keeping continuous radio watch on VHF Channel 16 and width of the deep water basin is only 60 m. It gives however, the great
call frequency 2182 kHz, for possible subsequent switching over to VHF advantage of being able to continue loading without stopping for low water,
Channels 6, 9, 12 or 14 and 2738 kHz or 2638 kHz. whereby loading can often be completed 12 hours earlier than without the
The call sign is ‘‘Buchanan Harbour’’, ELM 1. deep basin.
All ore ships heading for Buchanan are requested to establish radio contact An even greater advantage is probably the increased safety, should a large
with ‘‘Buchanan Harbour’’, ELM 1, using the above frequencies approximately ship develop engine trouble after she has exceeded the former maximum
one hour before estimated time of arrival. permissible low water draft, in which case operators have no alternative but

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TIME: GMT is observed throughout the year. night watchmen as thieving is commonplace. Monrovia 221190 (overseas). (This may be exempt if vessel on max. REPATRIATION: Can be arranged. compulsory to enter the Republic. authorised anchorage. 15. telephone. but should a vessel be expected Shore working hours: Ore handling: 24 hours a day. 15 March. or Saturday before working day between 0730 – 1700 hrs. FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Usual precautions. Subject to availability. PRATIQUE: Pratique granted by Port Health Officer on arrival at berth. New Year’s Day. Surveyors will travel to Greenville if arrangements are made by Agents. fish.. March 15th. per 24 hours. draft 7. MAX. No work will be performed on January 1st.1 m. FRESH WATER: Fresh water is available. Under favourable Hatches: Performed by stevedores. 1754 Readers are encouraged to send updates and additions (page xi) . c/o November. SIZE: Length 156 m. represented either by Embassy or Consul at Monrovia. one Officer is normally this depends on the availability of the logs and sawn timber to be loaded. Holidays: and on Saturdays 0730 – 1200 hrs. Now operators can let vessel remain alongside over the next low tide without any risk. 450 cu. BULK FACILITIES: Cargo handled-forestry products only. on Channel 16 VHF. – 5 ft.000 cu. Telex: 44260. 4␥ 58. Redemption Day: 26 July. in March. IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Not required. TIME: GMT. Cables: LAMCO Buchanan (Liberia) KTB. size: 8. GENERAL: Customs: Two Customs Officers stay on board the ship LOCAL HOLIDAYS: There are 13 national holidays: 1 January. draft awaiting high water 4 Customs and Crew Declaration sailing.h. and one private Thursday in November. draft if length 170 m. Sundays & Holidays 0700 – 0700 In addition vessels loading floating logs can be berthed safely in the middle of the basin parallel to the main jetty with a depth of 8. beam no restriction. 26 July. 1546. All loading be given in serious cases. launches are available for assisting coasters. available for assisting vessels. (3 ft. however the STEVEDORES: Arrangements can only be made on vessel’s arrival as Lamco Plant Protection Force should be contacted.e.) 2 Vaccination Lists and valid Cholera/Yellow Fever Certificates 2 Copies Manifests TANKER FACILITIES: One tanker berth with 1␺8 in. several connections to the rest of the world. Smaller jetty Container vessels/Ro-Ro vessels (Sundays and Holidays): for vessels not exceeding 180 ft. 29 November.m. in length with a depth of 4.m.2 m.1 m.90 – 1. National Independence Day. and 2300 hrs.000 per hour or any part thereof will be levied at the Harbour Master’s 6 Passenger Lists discretion. if previous arrangements are made. and the towing Monday through of logs when rafting is being done. advance notice should at right angles to the jetty in a similar depth to the inner basin. April.p. Hose connections are 6 in. i. Armed Forces Day.4' W. a 70 ton mobile crane. rate is 20 t.27' N. Monday through Saturday 2300 – 0700 VHF: Contact can be established with the Marine Office or the various Agencies during normal working hours Monday – Friday 0730 – 1700 hrs.p. DENSITY: November – April 1025. NEAREST AIRPORT: Roberts International Airport about 1 hour ride by POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Within reach. August 24th. and if necessary night quarters. in length with a depth of 8.h. heavy fuel. boules. 44293 Lamco. Long. Christmas Day. Container vessels/Ro-Ro vessels (Night Shift): Two 192 h. CONSULS: Swedish Vice-Consul only. Oil depot capacity: 22.) SERVICES: No facilities exist for tank cleaning or compass adjusting. 9␥ 03. CUSTOMS: Direct sales from ships are strictly forbidden. ex-quay only. holidays and Sundays – office not open. on Saturdays 0730 – 1200 hrs. National Redemption Day. Saturday 2300 – 0700 BERTHS: One jetty 585 ft. gasoline.27' W. the Pilot can be contacted during the expected time of arrival on VHF General Cargo Handling: Channel 16 or 12. July 26th. no delay. REPAIRS: No facilities. Not available by car. 11 February. on day preceding arrival if a weekday. DOCUMENTS: Ore carriers are allowed a maximum stay of 30 minutes. POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: No telephone available.m. No work is permitted whatsoever on 1 January. etc.000 cu. LOCAL HOLIDAYS: January 1st. July 26th and December 25th.50 m. Good Friday. Pilot embarks in position of Sea Buoy or at the Commercial Quay..8' N. Special holidays as proclaimed from time to time by the Liberian Government. Tel: Monrovia 25 December. 0700 – 0700 of next work day.000 cu. Hatches: Opening/closing carried out by crew but alternative arrangements can be made for shore labour. 2nd Friday in Cabins: It is recommended to keep all cabins locked during the stay in port. RESTRICTIONS: Pilotage is carried out between 0500 hrs. if length over Licences of Officers (for Coast Guard) 170 m. New during ship’s entire stay and they should be given meals in the Officers’ Mess Year’s Day. Container vessels/Ro-Ro vessels (Afternoon Shift): Monday through TUGS: One twin screw tug of 1. SHORE LEAVE: No restrictions. and can also Saturday 1200 – 2300 execute coastal towage of vessels if required. SECURITY/GANGWAY: Available but not compulsory. weather conditions (November – April) a third vessel can be accommodated MEDICAL: Hospital and medical care is provided. For ore carriers and DRY DOCK: None. Tubman’s Birthday and Roberts International Airport. Saturday 1200 – 2300 thereafter altering course for the anchorage. hoses/pipes connected from the permanent installation. Friday 1500 – 2300 This tug is equipped with modern fire fighting appliances.$1. April 12th..p. Load Line and Safety Construction Certificates Max. In cases of emergency CRANES: None presently available.500 cu.450 b. FUEL: Small amounts of diesel can be delivered by truck. Various storage tanks: daily. PORT LIMITS: Sea Buoy: 04␥ 58. Cargo Gear Certificate. both with limited facilities available. Second Wednesday CARGO GEAR: Ship’s gear only. The required loading rate for vessels alongside the jetty is 800 cu. Thanksgiving Day. heavy oil. 2nd Wednesday in March. diesel oil. 1.0 m. May 14th.m.m. 1. sawn timber and plywood.m. tankers the tide may occasionally involve 24/36 hours waiting time depending on the size of ships expected to load: general cargo ships. 1st Thursday in AUTHORITY: Port Operators: Lamco JV Operating Company. December 1st. bearing 059␥ to within a distance of one mile from the breakwater. Bridges: None. noon if arrival on Sunday. per SECURITY/GANGWAY: Agent strongly recommends employment of 24 hours and vessels in the basin 500 cu. Boarding is done from a launch painted black and STEVEDORES: As early as possible advance notice of ETA required white with the word ‘‘Pilot’’ inscribed. Care should be exercised as there exists a 4 fathom Afternoon Shift: patch at the edge of the anchorage area. pipeline for 2 Copies. REGULATIONS: No unusual regulations. running in a direction 309␥ for Friday 0700 – 1500 11 cables thence 092␥ for 10 cables then 188␥ for 7 cables with a minimum Saturday 0700 – 1200 depth of 6. 24 August. Under extenuating circumstances pilotage can be done after 2300 hrs. 12 April. National Flag Day. Contact can be established on a normal latest by 1500 hrs.m. but plans are underway to purchase Lamco might assist with minor repairs. Vessels proceeding to the Monday through anchorage area should proceed with the Sea Buoy and the North Point Friday 1500 – 2300 Lighthouse. Vacation of Berth: Vessels should vacate their berths immediately after completion of loading or discharging. Morning Shift: ANCHORAGES: Indicated on the chart by a dotted line commencing in Monday through position Lat. logs. but CHANDLERY: Provisions: There are some chandlers in Buchanan for larger tankers loading palm oil can use the large jetty with portable fresh fruits. Night Shift: no radio pratique granted. DELAYS: Generally. however. no alterations during the year. assigned to each quay/gate. Robertsfield.S. whereafter 6 Crew Lists U. REPAIRS: No commercial facilities available. 09␥ 04.. No duty free or wholesale facilities provided. but if not available then tug’s line can be used. alongside. Fast and Prayer Day. CRANES: 1␺150 ton derrick crane and 1␺20 ton portal crane at the PILOTAGE: Compulsory.. no major delays have occurred. FUEL: No bunker facilities available. Ship’s lines are preferable for towing. December 25th.. Buchanan 1545.9 m. Vaccination book is required. FRESH WATER: Available at berth or by tug. JJ Roberts’ Birthday. VTS/RADAR: No Port Control radar. Independence Day and 25 December. Liberia.LIBERIA Buchanan to pull vessel out at HW as ‘‘dead ship’’ which could very easily result in a GREENVILLE: 04␥ 59' N 009␥ 03' W major accident with enormous economic consequences. Bills of Lading discharging only.31 m. May – October 1010. TANKER FACILITIES: Facilities for small coastal tankers only.5 fathoms. 224238 (local). or less and 7. clinic. First MEDICAL: One government owned hospital with 50 beds.. WEATHER/TIDES: Tidal Range: 0. Christmas Contact: Harbour Master. Yellow fever and cholera vaccinations are and discharging must be done by ship’s gear. OTHER FACILITIES: None. diesel oil. most countries are SURVEYORS: All classification societies are represented at Monrovia. 12 April. February 11th. Day. Decoration Day. and 10 in. November 29th.

Fl. 4 Stores Lists STEVEDORES: Several stevedoring companies. by VHF or radio. 10 secs.000 tons enter the port. Fl. MLW and 30 ft. but vessel must still clear Customs.5␥ ␺ 1. 1/1988 which reads: moorings. Cables: ‘‘Sinoe Port’’. R. Pilotage available in daylight only. but Import: depending on duration of stay. Sectored Fl. Immigration now stamp all seamen’s Discharge Books or Passports A daily meeting with all ship’s agents is conducted by the Operations 2 Livestock Lists. they do not break during periods of high swell the bollards will. and Ammunitions List. Buoy No. (November 1998).) in roadstead is to the south of the buoyed channel which provides the port the Old Jetty will remain close on starboard side. Pratique automatic for vessels having moor the ship. is a small port with major export of logs. 3 ev. bands. The wharf has There is one working mobile crane but usually ship’s gear will be used. 1 in line with beacons at Yoruba wreck (easy to spot). which two flights daily to Monrovia. This channel is 1.8' W. measurement. off the General Cargo Pier. and in the centre of the opening a 500 ft. 11. vessel is swung to starboard in order to go portside within inner harbour except for very short periods of time. Ho. The New Jetty is designed for ships up to 2. 13. 2 ev. 9. Pilot Buoy No. near ordered through local Agent. Chief Pilot.8 miles which lead to Cape Palmas flag. At ‘‘The National Port Authority.2 m. wide with 8 transit warehouses. minimum 24 hours prior to ship’s arrival.’’ 2 Manifests for Customs. 6 copies Last Port of Call List. 6 complete and legible sets of Cargo Manifests..7' N. W. Fl. shall be made available at ship’s arrival).5 secs. new rafting and lighting facilities. No fresh water is available at this pier. SIZE: Max. buoy in Pilot comes out from inside breakwaters by pilot launch. Buoy No. but I would not recommend this.27' W.27' N. long. The swell is at times very big and it is not inside breakwater entrance. were safely berthed in the past year. 04␥ 21. Contact: Captain SL Wynter. 3 secs. R. draft – and corrected ETA – shall be furnished to the CONSULS: Nearest at Monrovia. trips and touched the bottom during low water with a draft of 5. ev.. but according to personnel Tower on Channels 16 and later 14 or 12 within the port area and Pilots’ it is 6. launch by the Fairway Buoy.0 m. DOCUMENTS: It is also recommended that special shackles be provided by the vessels to 4 Crew Lists be used in case of any unfavourable weather that will endanger the safety 4 Passenger Lists or Statements ‘‘Nil’’ if none aboard of the vessel while she is berthed alongside. 11 secs. Ship’s ETA. be ripped off the pier. by VHF Channel 16. The vessel must be provided with a minimum of 10 manila mooring ropes and under no circumstances will wire mooring lines be accepted especially those from auto-tension winches. Harbour Master in writing. When the Old Jetty goods holding ground on a sand and mud bottom. 2 copies capacity. light beacons respectively. Posn. 14. 1 copy Health List. HARPER (Cape Palmas): 04␥ 22' N 007␥ 44' W APPROACHES: The artificial harbour is protected by two rock breakwater (See Plan) extending 1. ‘‘The maximum summer deadweight of vessels allowed to berth at the MONROVIA: 06␥ 20' N 010␥ 50' W (See Plan) Bunker Pier should not exceed 30. Lt. leased to Amoco) and 36 ft. Port of Greenville..6 miles. For berthing. 6 copies Stowaway List. Pilot will inform ship by VHF which direction to proceed to meet the pilot anchorage.000 tonnes. bands. The port is dangerous in the months June/July The VHF is of the Marine type with Channels 6. at MLW. Moorings break regularly and if cleared at other Liberian ports. 1. Telex Address: National Port Authority . 2 copies Crew Declaration. Sufficient amount of cargo handling No provisions. MLW. – containers (size and type to be indicated) REPATRIATION: Carried out via Monrovia. approx. Port Authority handles 2 Crew Customs Declarations all cargo on shore and accepts cargo ex-ship’s hook only. as happened PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION: ETA messages from ships are to us. 1 – 072␥ ␺ 1. also 2 Manifests of cargo to be shifted via quay the placing of both fresh and salt water mains to the quay. 12. 2 copies Stores List. Vessels should always keep clear of the Fairway When entering the port of Harper from Buoy No. for sailing. 080␥ – 130␥ Red Also see ‘‘Berths’’. We did several office and for manouvering Channel 9. Manifests – Customs passed and stamped. The swell is most frequent between May received in the Freeport through VHF only. ev. 1 List of Dangerous Goods (as IMDG-codification) in transit vessels of 160 m. Fl.000 ft. Port Authority Circular: October 1985. at high water. North and Lat. There is very little space in the port. bring vessel to the middle of the harbour entrance.000 tons. 2. Freeport of Monrovia.000 tons but ships over VHF: Vessels arriving or sailing must make contact with Freeport Control 3. at MLW.14 miles. DENSITY: Density varies with the tide. classing separate: SHORE LEAVE: No restrictions. Tractors and trailers are available. W. Long. 3 complete and legible sets of Export Manifest classed as the Import Buoy marking mutine patch R & W HOR. There are no Pilots or tugs and there is little or no communication possible BERTHS: Cargo Wharf: The marginal cargo wharf is 2. 6 copies Bunker Pier: This is a T-jetty on the south edge of the dredged basin with a Animals List. Light at the northern extremity of Jetty. Tel: 9538/9. Sinoe County. PO Box 165. northern extremity of the harbour. ship’s advisable to stay alongside the pier at night in those periods. shall be furnished Red Buoy bearing 337␥ ␺ 2 cables from the breakwater marking the minimum 48 hours after ship’s departure to the Operations Manager. 6 copies Arms private road tanker. equipment is available such as forklift trucks ranging from 4 tons to 35 tons The following documents will be requested: 7 copies Crew List. 2 (red) – 093. Cape Palmas as follows (also see ‘‘Plan’’): PILOTAGE: Pilot is compulsory. Manager regarding the arrivals and departures of ships and to arrange for See guidelines for compiling and submitting information (page xi) 1755 .. This usually lasts not more than two days in any given period.33 miles long with a OVERVIEW: Harper Port (Cape Palmas) located in position 30␥ turn half way and marked by means of 4 lit channel buoys. There are just enough bollards to Health officials board upon berthing. Despite the fact that the present facilities are for vessels of 156 m. per cu. A red buoy near Outer ANCHORAGES: Recommended anchorage is 3 miles from breakwater Rock and Cape Rock has to remain close on the portside. is also not advisable. South Mole ends of the breakwater are marked by red and green rotating mainly to Europe. 2 copies Vaccinations List. 04␥ 58. discharged and loaded by ship’s gear. wide channel marked by buoys has been dredged to 49 ft. ft. RESTRICTIONS: Pilot service is available in daylight hours only. Vessels exceeding this 040␥ – 080␥ White draft will receive heavy fine (double all charges). This should state ballast if no cargo aboard The bunker pier can accommodate vessels of max. Buoy No.Greenville LIBERIA DELAYS: Can be expected during the rainy season (April-November) when Notice: adverse weather conditions (heavy swell) exist causing vessels to part their The National Port Authority have issued Circular No. G. All cargo documents (in English) shall use metric system in weight and North Pt. The channel within the breakwaters gradually The port is situated on the NE side of Russwurm Island. widens into a turning basin whose depth towards the Iron Ore Piers is dredged There are buoys placed in directions and distance measured from Sea to to a depth of 45 ft. long (230 ft. river flow increases. – rolling units IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Not required. 130␥ – 310␥ Obscured Port charges are payable prior to departure. approximately 45 minutes flying time. ft. – general cargo (loose) GENERAL: The port designed for the handling of logs and related wood – LCL-container manifest (separate per unit) products has just completed a rehabilitation project which included the – summary. Bridges: None. CUSTOMS: 200 cigarettes/1 bottle spirits per crew member.. especially for ships over 15 and 16. Safe draft is 5. SHIPMASTER’S REPORT: August 1991. encompassing some 750 acres of protected waters. and August (rainy season). Port The New Jetty is about 100 m. Several bollards are broken. draft at marginal wharf is 30 ft. 8.25 miles out into the open sea. 1019 oz. Varies from 1009 to 1024 oz. a concrete deck and has a depth alongside of 30 ft. 310␥ – 040␥ Red MAX. Depth in harbour entrance is 9. dredging of the basin and approaches. Feasibility studies 1 Stowage/bay plan are now underway with a view to increasing the length of the main quay by 3 List of Dangerous Goods (as to IMDG-codification) for Monrovia 33 m. The following cargo documents shall be furnished minimum 48 hours TELEPHONES: Not available. Vessels are not anchored is abeam to starboard. 3 (green) – 092␥ ␺ 0. LOA 700 ft. 6 secs. 48 hours prior to ship’s arrival to the Operations Manager ev.6 miles. 24 hours or minimum 12 hours notice of ETA Congo Rock. depth of 34 ft. 10. Also varies during rainy season as AUTHORITY: National Port Authority. This will Channel. & W. Tug joins just was a big swell at the time). 09␥ 04. per cu. 07␥ 43. 2. prior to ship’s arrival to the Operations Manager (with the exception NEAREST AIRPORT: Small domestic airport 5 miles from the port with of those cargo documents of last coastal port in West Africa. 1 steer 067␥. Fresh water is available by Narcotics List. displaying ‘‘H’’ line with the beacons 045␥ ␺ 1. alongside at the New Jetty. Night navigation lines often used. vessels are moved to the inner basin or to the roadstead until the following: the conditions improve. is herewith announcing such times.0 m. All cargo is The shipper acts as the agent so few services can be expected. Liberia. The distance between the breakwater entrance is 970 ft. PRATIQUE: Vessels entering must fly international code flag ‘‘Q’’.20 m. 1 International Health Declaration 1 List of dates of yellow fever and cholera vaccination TANKER FACILITIES: See ‘‘Restrictions’’ and ‘‘Berths’’.NATPORT 44275. just sufficient to swing around. (there TUGS: Use of tug is compulsory. dredging underway. 8. with average of Greenville. and draft 4 List of Ports of call from commencement of voyage with date of calls 32 ft. water or fuel are available. as very large bulk carriers sail on deep draft. (in my opinion) when the swell is very high. Export: Navigational aids installed in 1987 as follows: 2 copies of the provisional Booking List shall be furnished minimum Sea Buoy R & W HOR. near Yoruba Rock. When entering (45 – 60 ft. tug lines used. Only one tug available.

The wind usually rises in the afternoon or early evening and falls off during the night. such as soap. from neaps to springs. but to a swell entering the harbour and is a condition which seldom occurs. Port closes three times a year: 26 July (Independence Day). which may part mooring lines. WASTE DISPOSAL: Service not available. German Lloyd. FAX: +231 224615. This dock is used for small coastal craft and only accepts very limited outside work.0 knots is experienced. There is also a synchrolift of about 250 tons. Telex: 44275. This is due not to the wind. America Bureau Agents and most of the other classification societies. POLICE/AMBULANCE/FIRE: Port Authority have own security force and fire service. Inside the harbour a tidal flow of 0. Stevedores gangs have to be ordered the day before required. Liberia. Served with daily international flights to Europe and America. 225556. TELEPHONES: There are no facilities for telephones on board. During the dry season the wind is usually northerly during early mornings and backs to the SW by late afternoon. SEAMAN’S CLUBS: None. Overtime is permitted at night. SECURITY/GANGWAY: Private security men are engaged by the Agent. CONSULS: Majority of foreign countries have consuls. The currents along the coastline are variable and not predictable. BV. Dangerous winds are revolving line squalls of intense force and usually of very short duration. PO Box 1849. Wine and/or spirit. Tel: +231 221454. NEAREST AIRPORT: Roberts Field International Airport 45 miles distant. deck and engine surveys can be obtained through Lloyd’s. reasonable quantities for consumption while in port. PIRACY: Acts of piracy have taken place at the port. There is no prediction of the directions of flow as the water circulates around the harbour sometimes in one direction and sometimes in the opposite. FRESH WATER: Available (see ‘‘Berths’’). chilled and tinned food. REPAIRS: Limited deck and engine repairs can be carried out by private companies. DRY DOCK: One very small floating dock capable of lifting 300 tons with max. Fresh vegetables and fruits are available through ship chandlers. SERVICES: Hull. as tobacco. but cause no danger to vessels in port securely moored. Sundays and Holidays if requested. MEDICAL: Whenever possible Masters should cable Agents if require medical attention especially when arriving weekends or during night. Port Health require yellow fever vaccinations for crew members. Monrovia. Heavy rain/winds normally comes from the landside. are also available. The stronger winds are experienced during the wet season of April to November and during this period the average wind force is about Force 4 (Beaufort Scale). Prevailing Wind: The prevailing wind is west to southwest during the dry season.LIBERIA Monrovia required gangs to load or discharge ships including requests for overtime and night work. Cables: ‘‘Natport’’. IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Not required. SHORE LEAVE: No restriction on shore leave. Port security also maintain regular patrol.5 – 1. TIME: GMT. to 3. AUTHORITY: National Port Authority.9 ft. Working Hours: Monday – Friday: 0800 – 1200 and 1300 – 1600.0 ft. etc. These infrequent tornadoes occur during the seasonal transition months of March/April and October/November. These include frozen. FUEL: Light diesel oil and heavy fuel oil available and these can be blended to specification by supplying oil company. A wide variety of housekeeping items. but Seaman’s Books are endorsed aboard by Immigration. Managing Director. 222932. These conditions are considered dangerous to vessels only during the process of berthing. Contact: Mrs E Dosen Badio. situated in port area. draft of 8 ft. Provisions are available. therefore essential for Agents to receive ETA messages in sufficient time. WEATHER/TIDES: Tides and Currents: The rise of tide varies from 2. CUSTOMS: Tobacco. Saturday: 0800 – 1200. LOCAL HOLIDAYS: Many official holidays during year but cargo work carried out those days on overtime rates. 1756 Readers are encouraged to send updates and additions (page xi) . There is also an ambulance service. Hospital facilities available. owned by private fishing company. Vessels alongside piers will sometimes experience a surge. Hatches: Normally done by stevedores. The flood tide runs in a northeasterly direction at approximately 1 knot and the ebb to the SW at approximately 1 knot. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. paint. A northerly wind is sometimes experienced for 2 or 3 weeks. SLOPS DISPOSAL: Service not available. spirits and tobacco products. Freeport of Monrovia. REPATRIATION: Repatriation of crew is possible. Norske Veritas.