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Over missing vehicles and empty containers at quay…

Freetown Terminal clears the air

NOVEMBER 3, 2014  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The management of the Freetown Terminal Limited, a subsidiary of Bollore Africa Logistics, has set the records straight with regards the missing vehicles and empty containers gazetted for auction at the quay.

The company’s response came in the wake of a case made by the Auction Committee at the quay for the missing vehicles, thereby pointing accusing fingers at the company because they are in charge of containers.

According to the company’s Deputy Chief of Operations, Abu Bakarr Sesay, they have nothing to do with the cutting of seals and examination of containers when they arrive at the quay.

“We have no business in the examination of containers at the quay. What we are in charge of is to discharge containers from and onboard vessels when they arrive and stack them afterwards,” he said and added that they are not responsible to seal any container which is to be exported.

He explained that after containers have been discharged, the company’s clerks record the seal and container numbers using an electronic device, and that the said information is then sent to the shipping agent within 24 hours of discharge.

Also, the company’s General Secretary, Joseph Lambert, explained that in collaboration with other authorities at the quay, they only keep records of containers that are offloaded at the quay.

He made reference to two containers that were found to be empty when they arrived at the quay, stating that one of them – prefix PONU: 7178622 – was discovered empty sometime in February this year.

“I must emphasize that we are not tampering with seals neither the containers. We only record the information and move the containers as instructed. We do not seal containers because that is not our business,” he said.

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