As part of ongoing military cooperation between Liberia and the United States, the Liberian Coast Guard is expected to provide security protection for the MV/VEGA, a container ship conveying huge supply of assorted equipment and supplies at the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County for the American military in Liberia under the mission “Operation United Assistance.”
According to a press release from the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia, the visit by the ship will provide window of opportunity for professional divers of the Marshall Islands registry at the Buchanan Port. The MV/VEGA is expected to berth at the Port of Buchanan, the second port of call in Liberia today, Friday 24 October at 12:00 noon, the release said.
It is a container ship that measures 194 meters in length. Also, it has a 9.1 meter draft (9.5 meter maximum draft for Buchanan). The ship will stay at the port for about four days and later depart for Senegal.
The gesture on the part of LCG signals to various shipping agencies that the force is committed to ensuring waterside port security. LCG divers crew will provide waterside security and conduct sweep of the hull immediately upon mooring, maintaining 24/7 communications with the MV/VEGA. Professional divers are to use skills learnt from several trainings by partnering with port agencies to ensure the country’s ports and waterways are secure.
The LCG was reactivated on February 11, 2010. One of its functions is to police Liberia’s territorial waters, including inland water Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It carries out its functions in partnership with other government agencies like the Liberia Maritime Authority, the National Port Authority and others.