Monrovia, Liberia – ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) is grappling with yet another significant railway derailment, raising concerns about the safety and reliability of its railway operations in the region. The Government of Liberia (GoL) is now facing scrutiny over the frequency of these incidents, with records showing at least seven derailments in the past six years, as reported by the Independent Monitoring and Consultation Committee (IMCC).
The most recent incident has reignited calls for AML to consider partnering with a competent, independent rail operator to oversee its railway infrastructure in Liberia. The series of derailments have raised questions about AML’s ability to manage and maintain Liberia’s railway system effectively.
The IMCC, which monitors ArcelorMittal’s operations in Liberia, has been critical of the company’s safety record and its handling of the rail system. These derailments have caused disruptions in the transportation of iron ore and posed potential environmental risks. It has been pointed out that the reported figure of seven derailments may not be comprehensive, as there may be more unreported incidents.
The repeated incidents are prompting stakeholders to question why ArcelorMittal Liberia has not considered the involvement of an independent, competent rail operator to manage and maintain its railway system. Such a move could potentially improve safety and operational efficiency, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of essential resources and safeguarding the environment.
As the situation continues to unfold, it remains to be seen whether ArcelorMittal Liberia will respond to these concerns by exploring the possibility of bringing in external expertise to address the ongoing railway safety issues.
The GoL, IMCC, and other stakeholders are closely monitoring the situation, seeking assurances from AML on the steps they will take to prevent further derailments and enhance the reliability of their rail operations in Liberia. The safety of railway transportation is of paramount importance, especially in a region where it plays a vital role in the transportation of crucial commodities like iron ore.
It is evident that the calls for an independent rail operator are growing louder, and AML’s response to these concerns will be closely watched by all parties involved.