Bureau Veritas has been appointed by ArcelorMittal Liberia to provide iron ore shipment sampling and testing services in Liberia. These services include shipment sampling, on-site quality analysis, transportable moisture limit (TML) testing and weight determination by draft survey at the Port of Buchanan, Liberia.

The co-operation between ArcelorMittal (the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company) and Bureau Veritas began in July 2014, and it is expected that Bureau Veritas will test some 5mt (million tonnes) of direct shipping iron ore (DSO) during the current Phase of ArcelorMittal’s project.

This is a 24/7 sampling operation at the port initially involving 20 employees and five laboratory staff. The sampling and testing operation has required the establishment of in- port facilities, which Bureau Veritas and ArcelorMittal developed in a very short timeframe.

Phase Two of ArcelorMittal’s Liberia project is expected to start in 2015 and is likely to include the installation of mechanical sampling systems.

Patrick Libihoul,Vice President of BureauVeritas – North Africa Region informs that “Bureau Veritas’s Commodities

Division mobilized a team of international experts in sampling and testing, working alongside our local staff, to provide world class sampling and testing facilities for ArcelorMittal.”

“We look forward to working as part of the ArcelorMittal Port Buchanan team in the years ahead to develop this important resource. It will help world trade and play a great part in the on-going development of Liberia.”


Inspectorate was acquired by Bureau Veritas in 2010 as part of its successful global commodities strategy. The Inspectorate brand is currently in transition full integration to Bureau Veritas can be expected in 2015.

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