Fees to get barrels at Port coming soon
The days of Barbadians clearing their barrels through the Bridgetown Port free of charge every year will soon be over.
Chief executive officer of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie, said the company could no longer continue absorbing the cost of processing, securing and warehousing the tens of thousands of barrels that come through that gateway.
He said a fee would be introduced early next year to people collecting barrels from the Bridgetown Port. Jean-Marie said while details of the fee structure had not yet been finalized, the rate would be reasonable.
“We are looking to implement a barrel handling fee. There is a lot of processing involved in terms of moving the barrels into Shed 2, sorting the barrels and the whole process of delivering the barrels; there is a significant cost to it,” he said.
With Christmas around the corner and the anticipated rush to collect barrels, the chief executive officer is telling Barbadians that things could get a little easier with regards to the collection of these items. Jean-Marie disclosed that the Port was considering initiatives to improve operations that would avoid the bottlnecks that usually occur.