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Johe Ferry to commence operation soon, say ports officials

Mar 26, 2014, 10:14 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Officials of the Gambia Ports Authority have revealed that Johe Ferry, which has been docked for some time for maintenance, will commence operation soon.

This was disclosed to journalists at a press briefing held at the Gambia Ports Authority shipyard premises yesterday.

According to officials of the Gambia Ports Authority, Johe Ferry has been undergoing maintence since January 2014 and the maintenance work is expected to finish in the next two weeks, to ease congestion in the movement of goods and people at the terminal crossing point.

The Director of technical services, Nuha Kassama, told journalists during the press briefing that work was going smoothly without any problem, but they had some delay in the arrangement of logistics as some of the materials needed for the maintenance were purchased from Senegal and abroad, which coincided with the closure of the boarder.

He said the team used new fenders and iron plates to rebuild the edges of the ferry to prevent water entering it.

Ousman M. Jobarteh, acting-deputy managing director of the Gambia Ports Authority, and Lamin Juwara of the GPA, also expressed similar sentiments.