sierra leone

Connecting Sierra Leone to the world

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Sierra Leone has been shipping for its customers since 2012. Today, MSC Sierra Leone has weekly port calls and is a major key player in the local market.

Today, MSC Sierra Leone is known for it's reliable service and the outstanding customer service.

What truly sets Sierra Leone apart is its people and their unmatched hospitality. Warm smiles and genuine kindness welcome you wherever you go, making you feel like a part of the community. 

MSC offers various reliable and efficient shipping services to and from Freetown. 

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The Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown is recognized as the main entry point/exit point of cargo vessels to Sierra Leone.

The Port of Freetown, also known for its natural harbour was established in 1964 by an Act of Parliament- The Ports Act (No. 56) of 1964 and created the Sierra Leone.

In recent years, the core functions of the Ports were privatized through Concession Agreement granted to Africa Global Logistics (Freetown Terminal Limited) to operate the container terminal and Necter Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal (NSBT) to operate bulk and break-bulk cargoes. Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Ports and Harbours Authority (SLPHA) Act No. 29 was enacted in May 2023 (which repealed and replaced the Ports Act of 1964) primarily conferring landlord and created the Sierra Leone Ports Authority.

The Port of Freetown prioritizes security and safety and has over the years taken measures to keep the Port safe and secured. Accordingly, the Port of Freetown received a PASS in 2029 as being ISPS compliant after a security audit was conducted by the United States Coast Guard on ISPS code.

MSC operates services to and from the Freetown Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II. The port operates with seven (7) major berths 1-4 for break bulk and 5 & 6 for RORO and 7 for container vessels

SOLAS VGM Information

Verified Gross Mass (VGM) refers to the exact, verified weight of a full container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified .

SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations require the shipper to provide VGM in a “shipping document”, either as part of the shipping instruction or in a separate communication before vessel loading.

What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?

The following must be included in all VGM instructions:
  • Booking or Bill of Lading number
  • Container number
  • VGM + weight measurement unit (kgs)
  • Responsible Party Name 

How Can I submit my VGM instructions?

  • myMSC 
  • Manually
  • Email or send the hard copy of the NSBT certificate to our office in Freetown.

Demurrage and Per Diem

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside the terminal for the use of the land. 

In case of doubts regarding demurrage, please mail to:

What is Per Diem?
Per Diem is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s container (full or empty) outside the marine terminal, rail ramp or container yard.  

Cargo Loading

MSC's cargo handling facilities are strategically located to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. We also provide cargo consolidation, loading and re-loading, packing, unpacking and cross-loading services from containers to trucks.
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This service is MSC’s new digital solution that enables our customers to transfer the Bill of Lading (BL) electronically. MSC’s eBL is the perfect solution to the challenges involved in moving physical documents (e.g. delayed deliveries and demurrage) 
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