• Short Summary

    A BRIGHT FUTURE HAS BEEN PREDICTED FOR A NEW 7 MILLION POUND (94 MILLION FRANC) DOCK COMPLEX OPENED THURSDAY (5 FEBRUARY) BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF SIERRA LEONE, DR SIAKA STEVENS.

  • Description

    A BRIGHT FUTURE HAS BEEN PREDICTED FOR A NEW 7 MILLION POUND (94 MILLION FRANC) DOCK COMPLEX OPENED THURSDAY (5 FEBRUARY) BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF SIERRA LEONE, DR SIAKA STEVENS. SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID IT WOULDN'T BE LONG BEFORE THE PORT OF FREEETOWN WOULD NOT ONLY BE RECOGNISED AMONG THE BEST IN AFRICA, BUT IN THE WORLD.

    THE COMPLEX, NAMED THE QUEEN ELIZABETH 11 QUAY, WAS BUILT BY THE FRENCH FIRM, CFE. THE PLANS WERE DRAWN UP IN 1964 AND WORK BEGAN TWO YEARS LATER. ORIGINALLY THE QUAY WASN'T TO BE READY UNTIL NEXT YEAR BUT AS THE NEED FOR EXTRA BERTHING BECAME ALMOST CRITICAL PROGRESS WAS STEPPED UP AND THE COMPLEX COMPLETED A YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. PRIME MINISTER STEVENS SAID THAT THE PORT HANDLED 197,5000 TONES OF CARGO BETWEEN 1955 AND 1966. THIS FIGURE ROSE TO 462,218 TONS DURING 1968-69. HE SAID THAT THE GIGANTIC INCREASE CAUSED DELAYS IN BERTHING AND CARGO HANDLING. THE FIRST SHIP TO DOCK AT THE NEW QUAY WAS THE FRENCH ESCORT VESSEL, ADMIRAL CHARNER.

    THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THAT ONE OF THE BUGBEARS OF THE FREETOWN WATER FRONT WAS NOW BEING OVERCOME. HE SAID THAT PILFERING FROM THE WAREHOUSES WAS BEGINNING TO GIVE SIERRA LEONE A BAD NAME, BUT NEW MEASURES AND THE NEW QUAY WOULD PUT A STOP TO THIS.

    COINCIDING WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW COMPLEX WAS THE FIRST DAY OF A FRENCH TRADE FAIR. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SAW A NUMBER OF EXHIBITIONS FROM LEADING FRENCH COMPANIES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA86YNBDGAJ3QJTCV58CLXTYW9
    Media URN:
    VLVA86YNBDGAJ3QJTCV58CLXTYW9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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