GPA Embarks On Coastline Erosion Prevention

Mamos Media

By Ousman A. Marong

Officials of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) are currently working towards saving the country’s coastlines from erosion through sea dredging.

Speaking on Tuesday during a site visit with members of the press, the proprietor and founder of Sino Majilak, Omar Jagne, said the journey had not been easy but added that they are motivated to make a difference in The Gambia in terms of sea dredging. 

Jagne further said that their intention is to do an impeccable job after surveying the area. He stated that they had been trusted and challenged by The Gambia Ports Authority.

The GPA Harbour Master Kulay Manneh, explained that water dredging systems go with sediment every two years. He further stated that the dredging is expected to increase the capacity of the port.

Manneh added that the dredging is to maintain the availability of water for ships to safely dock as well as keep the port safe and reliable. He said dredging exists as long as harbours exist. He said the efficiency of a port is determined by ships coming in and going out. He therefore said that in order to improve, ports need to continuously upgrade their services. 

Yankuba Manneh, the Communications Officer at The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) said dredging is an important exercise in port management. He added; “the GPA management dredges the Banjul sea port bi-annually to ensure adequate acceptable water depths to facilitate ships access to the berths”.

Manneh went on to state that the last dredging exercise took place in July/August 2018 by Deme, a Belgian firm at the cost of 1.7 million Euros. He said the January 2021 dredging is awarded to Sino Majilak at 1.1million Euros.

Banka Manneh, a senior communications officer with the international firm said the exercise is just the beginning of their partnership with GPA. He noted that the dredged sand will mitigate the damage being done to the coast. He highlighted that there is a lot in the pipeline, noting that they will do their job professionally and ethically in a just manner, and economically viable way.

Officials of The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) are currently working towards saving the country’s coastlines from eroding through sea dredging.
Omar Jagne, proprietor and founder of Sino Majilak said the journey has not been easy but added that they are motivated to make a difference in The Gambia in terms of sea dredging. He further said that their intention is to do an impeccable job after surveying the area. He stated that they have been trusted and challenged by The Gambia Ports Authority.

He made these remarks on Tuesday at The Gambia Ports Authority during a side visit with members of the press. Kulay Manneh, GPA harbor master explained that water dredging system goes with sediment every two years.
He further stated that the dredging is expected to increase the capacity of the sea port.

He added that the dredging is to maintain the availability of water for ships to safely duck as well as keep the ports safe and reliable.
He also said that dredging exists as long as harbor exists. He stated that in ports, ships make money, adding that the efficiency of a port is determined by ships coming in and going out.

He therefore said that to improve, ports needs to continuously improve their services. Yankuba Manneh, Communication Officer at The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) said dredging is an important exercise in port management. Mr. Manneh added that: “the GPA Management dredges the Banjul sea port biannually to ensure adequate acceptable water depths to facilitate ships access the berths”.

He went on to say that the last dredging exercise took place in July/August 2018 by Deme, a Belgian firm at 1.7M Euro. Manneh said the January 2021 dredging is awarded to Sino Majilak, a local firm at 1.1M Euro. Banka Manneh, a senior communications officer with the international firm said the exercise is just the beginning of their partnership with GPA.
He noted that the dredged sand will mitigate the damage been done to our coast. He highlighted that there is a lot in the pipeline, noting that they will do their job professionally and ethically in a socially just fashion, and economically viable way.

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