The Port of Freetown, as Africa’s largest natural harbour, has long played an important economic role. In order to maintain and enhance the port’s capabilities in this role, its key facilities were modernised and adapted to current international standards. Ferry transport across the Sierra Leone River was also optimised for faster connections between Freetown at the south side and the country’s only international airport at the north side. The planning and design works for the modernisation measures included the rehabilitation of the quay walls with new bollards, fenders and ladders, the deepening of the port entrance to -16 mCD and dredging operations in front of the quay walls and at two ferry docking points. Navigational aids (buoys, beacons, etc.) were also installed and a lighthouse was modernised.