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Holiday rush impacts operations of Bridgetown Port

The Bridgetown Port was a hive of activity today, as Barbadians rushed to collect barrels and packages in time for Christmas.

This morning, when a team from Barbados TODAY visited the Port, Shed Manager Vincent Jones said workers were kept busy as scores of people came to collect their barrels.

This Port worker preparing a barrel to be taken away by a customer.

This Port worker preparing a barrel to be taken away by a customer.

He explained that in an effort to meet the demand, the Port had extended its opening hours until 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

However, he disclosed that tomorrow work at the collection shed was scheduled to end at approximately 1 p.m.

Jones also explained that there were some individuals who preferred not to get caught up in the Christmas rush and who would have opted to collect their packages at the beginning of next year.

“And statistics have shown this year that while people would probably bring in one package, we are seeing two and three now per person.

“I believe that is a reflection of the hard economic times and families overseas decide that instead of sending one package let us send more,” he said.

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