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Ultra-modern X-Ray Container Scanner at Freetown port, Sierra Leone

Ultra-modern X-Ray Container Scanner at Freetown port, Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) under a new Board of Directors and General Manager Abu Bakarr Bangura, has made a significant progress in matching international standards with Africa Link Inspection Co. Ltd, installs a brand new ultra-modern X-Ray Cargo container Scanner at the Freetown Port. The acquisition of a new x-ray container scanning machine with dual energy.

The new x-ray container scanner is installed and operated by Africa Link Inspection Company Ltd. The Company is under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Capable of scanning back and forth, the machine can scan organic and inorganic materials. Africa Link Inspection is one of the operators at the Quay and they offer Scanning services on import & export goods.

Present at the unveiling ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth II quay on Thursday February 2nd were the Minister of Trade Captain (RTD) Alieu Momodu Pat-Sowe; the Deputy Minister of Trade Washingai Mansaray; the APC Secretary General Ambassador Foday Yansaneh; Managing Director of Africa Link Inspection Company (ALIC) Ekow Hayford; the General Manager of Ports Abu Bakarr Bangura and Madam Binta Jalloh.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Ports GM stated that they have one goal and that is to run an efficient and secure port.

He highlighted that the new scanner will increase security and as well as expedite clearing of goods at the ports.

He furthered that the equipment will give confidence to shipping companies as they now know that the port is safe and meets international inspection standards.

The new machine is faster than the old one. It scans a 20 feet container in 3 minutes and a 40 feet container in 4 minutes.

One of its advantages is that it makes it easier for ships to go back and forth; knowing that they will not be penalized for carrying prohibited goods.

Another advantage is that it shortens the turnaround time of ships that berth at the quay to offload and load containers. This new scanner, the Ports GM said, makes the Freetown port one of the two leading in West Africa.

The Minister of Trade, Captain (RTD) Pat-Sowe noted among other things that the scanner helps the port to match international standards; adding that the improvements being made at the port facilitate trade as well as create jobs.

By Ranger

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