“All the cranes, except one, have not been operational since August 21st,” a trusted source said. “This is the second time the machines use for offloading containers at the port. A lot of businesses and container owners have been desperately waiting for shipping vessels to dock. While some are still waiting at the crowded port, the likes of Maerskline have left with cargoes bound for the Gambia.”
Some business owners have since been wandering at the port. “They don’t know what to do with their customers who could not get their ordered goods. Some of these customers have started running out of food stuff, and started calling container owners .”
Big business owners are also worried about the slow pace of offloading at the seaport. The heavy congestion at the Gambia’s seapirt will crate shortages of staple foods and price hikes, as shipping vessels have already started charging container owners fees for the delay.
A source familiar with port services has warned the Gambia to address crane problem immediately to avoid turning the Gambia Port into a ghost town. “If you don’t fix such a problem, how can you guarantee instability caused by shortage of essential goods in the country.”
The Gambia has been heavily dependent on re-export trade to service its economy.