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Safety restored at Port Purcell, cargo clearance resumes

Cargo facility on Tortola. (Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News)

Her Majesty’s Customs has resumed cargo discharge and clearance at Port Purcell on Tortola.

A halt was placed on cargo discharge yesterday because safety standards at the facility were reportedly compromised.

Commissioner of Customs, Wade Smith said carriers were not complying with the port’s safety policies, which subsequently put the safety of port staff and customers at risk.

He said numerous attempts were made to ‘reestablish a safe environment’ since the halt.

“Ample notification was given to all stakeholders involved before the decision to cease discharge of cargo was taken. But, I am satisfied with the efforts made today to clear up a great portion of the area; hence we were able to resume discharge,” Smith said in a media release issued last evening.

While addressing members of the media last week, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith described the Port Purcell Cargo Dock as ‘an important element in our recovery efforts’.

“It is our main facility for the importation of goods to the territory,” Premier Smith said.

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  1. Theft says:

    What about all the stealing? Car parts, generators, windows and more have been stolen it is a big problem. Surely this can only happen with corruption all the way to the top? Shipping insurance doesn’t cover goods once landed so the customer loses everything. The port is so important this needs to be resolved immediately

  2. watcher says:

    It is a third world nightmare. There is no one there with a clue how to run a dock or a warehouse in that port. If you need to find a container they wander around looking up at numbers. In the warehouse you wander around trying to find parcels with your name on them.

    To make it efficient is not rocket science Grid the place and number the grids and bays for a start. Then take a note of where cargo is stored. Simple cheap computer system can do that.

    The port should be sold to a private company that knows how to to run one, not left in the hands of government officials and customs officers who have no idea.

    It is a vital piece of the country’s prosperity and is currently a disaster.

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