AMIDST TIGHT SECURITY and well away from the eyes of most Barbadians, the Bridgetown Port is spending a whopping $100 million to increase berthing space for the world’s biggest vessels while upgrading much of its cargo handling equipment.
The construction, which involves land reclaimed a decade ago but never used, will better allow the port to handle vessels of almost any size. It is being undertaken by an all-Barbadian cast of contractors and should be ready for use later this year.
The equipment acquisition project will see the introduction of a second gantry crane and the refurbishment of the existing crane.
Here, operations manager Ian Stewart looking out to sea as the outer rim of the new berth takes shape. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)