Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

COME NEXT year, busi­nesses and house­hold­ers who nor­mally spend up to a day or longer to clear con­tain­ers and bar­rels with per­sonal ef­fects from the port in Kingston, will be able to do so within a few hours from Kingston Wharves Lim­ited’s new to­tal lo­gis­tics fa­cil­ity.

The port com­pany is in­vest­ing US$15 mil­lion in the state-ofthe-art lo­gis­tics com­plex, said Kingston Wharves Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Grant­ley Stephen­son, not­ing that it is on track to be com­pleted by May 2017.

Con­struc­tion of the 162,000square-foot fa­cil­ity is be­ing un­der­taken by BYD Con­struc­tion, a China-based firm.

Project man­ager Keith Rig­bye said that when com­pleted, all con­tain­ers will be taken di­rectly from the wharf to the fa­cil­ity where there will be Ja­maica Cus­toms Agency scan­ners “and ev­ery­thing will be scanned be­fore it goes into stor­age”.

Rig­bye ex­plained that “when the cus­tomers come into the cus­tomer ser­vice hall to process their doc­u­ments, their goods

Grant­ley Stephen­son said the firm was ex­pand­ing into dif­fer­ent ar­eas of lo­gis­tics, ex­plain­ing that in or­der to han­dle in­creased busi­ness, they have had to ac­quire ad­di­tional and big­ger, more ex­pen­sive equip­ment to han­dle larger ships.

Re­fer­ring to a Maersk ship­ment that Kingston Wharves com­fort­ably han­dled re­cently be­cause it could not make it to The Ba­hamas due to the dam­age caused by Hur­ri­cane Matthew to the Freeport Ter­mi­nal, he said “the idea is to con­tinue to grow in that di­rec­tion while we look at other op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther growth”. The ware­house ac­tiv­i­ties from the berths at the port ter­mi­nal, as well as some in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics busi­ness, will be re­lo­cated to the to­tal lo­gis­tics fa­cil­ity. Stephen­son said clear­ance of bar­rels, usu­ally sent to fam­i­lies from rel­a­tives mainly in the United States, Canada and the United King­dom, will be among the ware­hous­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­lo­cated to the new fa­cil­ity. “What we are mov­ing to is a sit­u­a­tion CEO of Kingston Wharves Lim­ited Grant­ley Stephen­son (right) ex­plains a map of the port fa­cil­ity to min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation, Dr Ho­race Chang, dur­ing a tour of Kingston Wharves on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27. Min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation, Dr Ho­race Chang, leads a team down from the new Lieb­herr crane dur­ing a re­cent me­dia tour of Kingston Wharves.

where the bar­rels will be pre­cleared. So the duty will be de­ter­mined be­fore the cus­tomer

gets here and he can pay that on­line. So when he comes here, he just picks up his bar­rel, or

what­ever, and goes. That’s where we are headed,” the port com­pany ex­ec­u­tive said.


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