Docks To Close For Week For ‘Urgent Repair’

March 1, 2018

[Updated with video] The docks will have to close for a week — between Sunday, March 11 to 18th — for “urgent repair of the cargo dock runway,” Polaris Holding Company has stated.

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In a letter sent to carriers, truckers and Customs titled “Urgent: Repair Of Cargo Dock Runway,” Polaris CEO Warren Jones said, “You will be aware of the correspondence and recent meetings regarding the state of the ‘runway’.

“In this regard, the Corporation has arranged for us to have access to the services of East End Asphalt as soon as possible.

“Noting the safety and health issues which we have been dealing with, and the critical nature of the work, we have requested that this work commence not later than Sunday 11 March 2018.

Update 12.58pm: 6-minute live video replay is below:

“This work is anticipated to take seven days to complete, weather permitting. It should also be noted that there is no way to undertake ship or truck operations while the main portion of this work is being done. Therefore, the dock will have to close between Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 March for this to occur.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes to the industry but believe that we have no alternative than to take these steps in the interest of the safety of our staff.”

The company is expected to provide further details about the matter at a press conference later today.

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  1. Micro says:

    Alternative steps would have been not letting the docks to deteriorate to such a level that these extensive works would necessitate shutting them down entirely to complete.

  2. Family Man says:

    All that fresh produce the grocery stores have already committed to import, will now rot and have to be thrown away.

    This is why we can’t have low cost food in Bermuda.

  3. Warwick West says:

    “Urgent” does not just happen overnight. Why has this obviously ongoing maintenance issue suddenly been upgraded to “Urgent” ? What has happened this week that didn’t already happen last week?

    Shameful lack of preparation and continuous ongoing planned maintenance. Shamful lack of forewarning to your valuable customers that could result in financial . Again I ask “what happened this week that didn’t already happen last week to upgrade this to “urgent” and to suddenly have to give only 2 weeks notice to fix it as a ‘health and safety issue’?

    • dsd says:

      Assume CoFH, which has been merrily paving during rush hour on Ft St thought it would be a grand idea to just roll all that eqpt down to the docks while it’s handy

    • PBanks says:

      CoH been too preoccupied on reducing streetside parking bays to pay any attention to the situation at the docks.

  4. speed bda says:

    people complain with out facts must be putting the cart before the horse

    • puzzled says:

      Then fill us in Captain “speed”.
      You sound like another person with interests on imports et al.

    • Deflection says:

      What are the facts then? Emergency repairs are typically only made as result of an unexpected event. What sudden unexpected event has happened at the docks ?

      • docksider says:

        Only recent event that I can think of is that burt learned that a contract is a binding agreement. Maybe the earth moved for him?

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Or an unexpected discovery

  5. Stinky D. says:

    Hold I stock up on food?

  6. Stevie says:

    Not a word from Furbert & BIU. If this situation happened under OBA watch the boot would be on the other foot.

  7. docksider says:

    Just a thought, why could we have used St. George’s docks for a couple weeks? Security would be the only hindrance but what the heck?

  8. puzzled says:

    And they are gonna redue/pave Front Street also.

    Billiant A$$holes