The project, when completed, will help address the age-old constraints associated with the supply of petrol products to major southeastern counties: Maryland, River Gee, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh as well as neighboring border cities. Managing Director Bill Twehway, speaking at the commissioning ceremony, described the project as a milestone development for the Port of Harper following years of poor infrastructure imaging and inactive operations. The project, according to the NPA boss, is in keeping with government's vision to refurbish and operationalize the Ports to ensure super economic activities throughout the country.
Also speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Harper Port Director William Wallace and Leon Nynetu, of Express Oil Importation Liberia said, the project will create jobs, reduce commodity prices and ease unwanted hardship for commuters, especially during the raining season. Mr. Wallace intoned that the lifelines of port is tied to its brand new super structure outlook, adding the plans are also underway for Golden Veroleum to construct a giant size palm oil storage facility. This, he stated, will necessitate the need for dragging and other capital projects at the port .
Meanwhile, in view of the Managing Director's appeal for central government's support to help finance the dragging of the Port of Harper, President Weah has pledged his fullest support, adding, the viable of the Liberian economy will be a flourishing hub for the betterment of the country. The Liberian Leader renewed praises of the NPA’s boss for being developmental oriented- as he referenced several other major projects under the Port management as good examples. The Harper Port Refurbished Project is a Triple 'P'- Private Public Partnership arrangement by and through a Liberian Owned Company - Express Oil Importation Liberia Incorporated).
Located about 762 kilometers away from Monrovia within the Southeastern region of Liberia near the border with Ivory Coast, the Port of Harper was established 1959 on the Rocky Russian Island and has a breakwater of 150 kilometers with reinforced Pier and depth of 5.5 It was established for the exportation of Palm oil, rubber and timber while at the same time importing machinery, building materials and other consumable goods. However, as a result of the civil war, these activities are no longer effective. Currently, the Port of Harper is partially dormant with dilapidated buildings and old containers placed in the open field.