President Adama Barrow on Wednesday in Banjul during the launching ceremony of the new ferry Kuntah Kinteh, has promised to help develop the Banjul Shipyard.
“As we pursue the development agenda for the transformation of our New Gambia into a modern state, we will provide the adequate support required to upgrade and modernise the Banjul Shipyard, which is essential for the maintenance of the ferries and other crafts,” the president affirmed.
He further emphasised that his government believes in free movement of goods and services and therefore the transformation and expansion of the port is part of its top priority.
About the commissioning of Kunta Kinte, Abdoulie Tambedou, managing director of Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) disclosed that The new ferry will go a long way in alleviating the burden capacity constraints being experienced between Barra and Banjul crossing points as well as go a long way in enhancing the capacity of the ports to be able to deliver safe and efficient ferry services for the continuous socio-economic development of the country by providing greater comfort in the services rendered to travellers.
The managing director also announced that a contract has been finalised for the delivery of a new 47 ton boat with improved financial terms with Damen Shipyard.
Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Bai Lamin Jobe said he is resolved to continuous engagement with GPA management to bring major changes in the maritime and river transport sectors. The minister disclosed that they are in the process of finalising the relevant policies, master plan and portfolio projects to enhance the operations and management of the port.