Sierra Leone National Shipping Company (SLNSC) is the leading shipping line and the National Flag Carrier of Sierra Leone operating in West Africa, with a longstanding reputation for quality service in the marine transportation industry.
Historical Background of SLNSC
The Sierra Leone National Shipping Company was established in Sierra Leone as a joint venture between the Government of Sierra Leone and A/S Ocean Transports in June 1972 as a parastal under the companies Act, Cap 249 in the Laws of Sierra Leone.
In February 1973, the company took over the entire activities of stevedoring which was nationalized by the Government. In March of the same year, negotiations were carried out between the Scanship/Alranine group and SLNSC Management which culminated in the SLNSC’s taking over all the activities of Scanship/Allranine, including the absorption of all the Scanship’s Sierra Leonean staff and some expatriates as well as all office facilities. This was carried out in the full understanding with the Ministry of Transport and Communications, now Ministry of Transport and Aviation.
The Company’s sole monopoly of stevedoring in all ports in Sierra Leone therefore led to its involvement in Ships Agency Services, Cargo Clearing and Forwarding etc and in addition to its established activities of ship ownership and stevedoring. The company was also charged with the responsibility of collecting Freight Levy on behalf of the Government, until the year 2000 when it was taken over by the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration.
In the initial stage, the company was managed by the Norwagean Expatriate and by the end of 1977 the Government of Sierra Leone terminated its partnership with A/S Ocean Transport.
In 1978 Waportman International (UK) Limited were awarded contracts by the Sierra Leone Government to run both the Sierra Leone Ports Authority and Sierra Leone National Shipping Company.
Sierra Leone National Shipping Company is now 100% owned by the Government of Sierra Leone since 1991 when the civil war broke out, which forced the foreign partners pulled out of the country and never returned.