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Liberia Transportation

    Railways:
    total: 480 km (328 km single track); note—three rail systems owned and operated by foreign steel and financial interests in conjunction with the Liberian Government; one of these, the Lamco Railroad, closed in 1989 after iron ore production ceased; the other two were shut down by the civil war; large sections of the rail lines have been dismantled; approximately 60 km of railroad track was exported for scrap
    standard gauge: NA km 1.435-m gauge
    narrow gauge: NA km 1.067-m gauge

    Highways:
    total: 10,037 km (there is major deterioration on all highways due to lack of maintenance since the civil war began)
    paved: 603 km
    unpaved: 9,434 km (1996 est.)

    Ports and harbors: Buchanan, Greenville, Harper, Monrovia

    Merchant marine:
    total: 1,651 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 59,804,012 GRT/96,650,752 DWT
    ships by type: barge carrier 4, bulk 408, cargo 106, chemical tanker 176, combination bulk 25, combination ore/oil 50, container 193, liquefied gas tanker 89, multifunction large-load carrier 2, oil tanker 413, passenger 37, refrigerated cargo 69, roll-on/roll-off cargo 19, short-sea passenger 3, specialized tanker 12, vehicle carrier 45
    note: a flag of convenience registry; includes ships from 54 countries among which are Germany 186, US 161, Norway 142, Greece 144, Japan 124, Hong Kong 100, China 53, UK 32, Singapore 39, and Monaco 38 (1998 est.)

    Airports: 45 (1998 est.)

    Airports—with paved runways:
    total: 2
    over 3,047 m: 1
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (1998 est.)

    Airports—with unpaved runways:
    total: 43
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
    914 to 1,523 m: 5
    under 914 m: 35 (1998 est.)

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