The port pilot got on off of it. Normally there is a special smaller pilot boat that does this, but Monrovia only has one tug, that’s it. Here’s a shot of him coming onboard while we are still moving into the harbor, to steer the ship into the port. They enter on a lower door on our ship, at left. You can just see people sticking out of it.
We entered into the Harbor passing Mamba point in background.
We definitely need our pilot on this approach because there are over 30 wrecks in Monrovia harbor, they are all underwater, so of course, you cannot see them. There are three alone on the other side of our dock area, seen below. We had to be navigated into our dock very carefully, and not directly, in order to by pass them.
This is a big deal for Liberia for us coming. They feel like they have not been forgotten when they see us returning after having left eight months ago. Unlike, Ghana, everyone here knows us, knows Mercy Ships and people on the street say, ‘welcome back’. They see hope when they see that we have returned.
When we arrived, there was a whole crowd waiting for us. The ladies on the left photo in the russet colored dresses were our advance team, who came to Liberia six weeks ago to plan our arrival.
The Vice President of Liberia came to wish us well. Here is his motorcade arriving, at left —>.
Here he is, in the gray suit, next to our executive director, Solfrid Quist, in the green dress outfit.
Our first sighting of a UN Police vehicle on the dock before the VP arrived. There are tons of UN and NGO vehicles here. There are 15,000 UN troops here in Liberia keeping the peace, which seems to be succeeding. But, I’ll cover that later.