The recently-formed National Shipping Company of Sierra Leone, which has been in operation for six months, took possessions of its first ship last week.
The recently-formed National Shipping Company of Sierra Leone, which has been in operation for six months, took possessions of its first ship last week. The vessel, a three-thousand-ton cargo ship re-named 'Naimbana' after an 18th-century Sierra Leone chief, was officially welcomed on its arrival at the port of Freetown, the nation's capital.
The National Shipping Company, which is to use the 'Naimbana' initially on carrying gypsum to Morocco, intends to buy several more several. President Siaka Stevens, who formally welcomed the ship, said the quality of the newly-trained Sierra Lednean seaman was 'inferior to none' and the acquisition of a ship for them to sail was 'the realisation of a dream'.
SYNOPSIS: The recently-formed National Shipping Company of Sierra Leone has bought its first ship, a three-thousand-ton cargo vessel which has been re-named 'Naimbana' after an eighteenth-century Sierra Leonean chief. The vessel arrived in the port of Freetown, the nation's capital, on Thursday, to a welcoming crowd of several hundred.
The vessel was brought into dock under the command of Captain F. Johnson. With the exception of Captain Johnson and the ship's officers, the crew is all Sierra Leonean.
Before the official welcoming ceremony, invited guests heard the country's head of state, President Siaka Stevens, describe the event as 'the realisation of a dream'. With the ship, and others to be acquired, he hoped the Sierra Leonean flag would fly the trade routes of the world. It would also gain respect wherever it was shown as a symbol of reliability, integrity and success, he added.
The President and his party later inspected the vessel, which will be initially used to carry gypsum to Morocco. It will also be used to train Sierra Leoneans as officers and crewmen.