NSBT ready for weigh-in in Freetown

The first two weighbridges have been successfully installed by the NSBT engineers in QEII Terminal, Freetown. Furthermore, a team from The Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB) has given it the thumbs up with certification that the scales are accurate.

A team from SLSB attended the port in March to oversee the testing and calibration of the first two weighbridges in Sierra Leone since a mechanical weighbridge, installed several decades ago became redundant. The new weighbridges will add a further level of customer satisfaction by giving assurances to the actual weight of cargo recieved or delivered and will help reduce and human error in tallying etc. The systems will be linked to a highly sophisticated Port Operating System designed exclusively for NSBT by DBIS from the UK. The new system will allow full transparency for all port operations and will assist in the management of vessels, storage and transport throughout the terminal with operators able to observe and process live information. It will further enhance the ability of the Tax Revenue Authority in Sierra Leone to accurately view imports and exports. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art weighbridges come at a time when weighing of all export containers is becoming mandatory allowing Freetown port to stay inline with the SOLAS mandate coming into force on 1st July 2016.  

The investment in weighbridges is part of an ongoing investment plan by Nectar Group to bring NSBT terminal fully up to speed and in line with the highest of international standards. 

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