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‘Who is running the Port? Do they need assistance?’ - FB user

- said she is tired of fighting the battle of congestion on the Port
October 2nd, 2017 | Tags: Port cargo D. Orlando Smith limited space
The cargo facility at Port Purcell today, October 2, 2017. Photo: VINO
A concerned resident voicing her concerns about the congestion of the Port on her Facebook social media on Friday September 27, 2017. Photo: Facebook
A concerned resident voicing her concerns about the congestion of the Port on her Facebook social media on Friday September 27, 2017. Photo: Facebook
More issues raised by Ms Amberly on her social media page about the longstanding issues at the Port. Photo: Facebook
More issues raised by Ms Amberly on her social media page about the longstanding issues at the Port. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A resident of the Virgin Islands recently took to her Facebook page to voice her frustration with the government of the day for not addressing the longstanding issue of the port facility at Port Purcell being too congested.

As a result of the port being too congested, workers are not able to off load vessels or if they are being off-loaded there is nowhere to store the items.

Furthermore, she explained that businesses that were not badly affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are not able to continue normal operations because they cannot receive their cargos.

“I am wondering what else can I humanly do to get a resolve on the matter of congestion on the Port? Hon. Premier Orlando Smith the businesses not badly damaged by Irma or Maria would like to continue their operations, however we cannot receive our LCL cargo from the port... we are not all in a position of needing the assistance you so eloquently offer in your small business meetings,” said the Facebook user who goes by the name Amberly Amberly

She further stated that boats are coming in daily and they are being off-loaded, however, there is still nowhere to organise the cargo, adding that there are containers that have yet to be opened since they arrived from September 3, 2017 and even before that date.

Workers reporting to work; no work

Meanwhile, Amberly said workers are reporting for work but they are seen not doing any type of work because there is no space to actually work and they are being shuffled around.

She said, “The workers of the shipping companies are overwhelmed, the port staff and customs have been displaced and hence can be seen in what appears to be idle activity as their hands are tired.”

Ms Amberly noted that there is a system set up on the festival grounds for relief items to be off-loaded but there has not been any provision for the off-loading of cargo for local businesses.

She expressed her longstanding disappointment in the government of the day for “poor decision making and management” regarding numerous issues that are affecting the territory.

“…even in a time as this strong leadership is still lacking... we can see it, the people can feel it, for heavens the businesses can. Please put squares in square plugs. Stop appointing people to key positions with no experience or knowledge of the positions they are expected to lead,” emphasised Ms Amberly.

The disappointed resident commented that she expressed her concerns with a number of persons such as the Junior Minister for Trade, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8), Deputy Premier, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Minister for Communications and Works, Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to no avail.

Ms Amberly said, “I am tired fighting these battles. It is going on nine years I've been dealing with this, and Irma has exposed many flaws in systems in our territory.”

16 Responses to “‘Who is running the Port? Do they need assistance?’ - FB user”

  • just asking (02/10/2017, 14:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's New here?
    • huh (02/10/2017, 18:15) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Put a white man in charge and it will work
      • @HUH (02/10/2017, 19:44) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Agreed. Same thing at the airport.
      • Myo (02/10/2017, 21:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

        The present dir... need to go home. Don't understand why the government have him there soo long

        • hey (03/10/2017, 13:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          He need to go. All he doing is causing a mess. With his a stupid hat.
      • @ huh (03/10/2017, 06:29) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
        I agree with u 100%. Put a white man incharge and things will work. The black or too frieny frieny and favortism thats why we failing so badly... I agree 100% with lady.. Our leadership have been one of self serving and greed...Never see no true care for the people..
  • Hmm (02/10/2017, 14:56) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    You so Damm right no leadership
  • PORT STAFF (02/10/2017, 16:34) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    The port and customer staff is here to work but there is so we can do without proper leadership just as you say, so we are not ideling we are doing the best we can do with limited resources. Majority of the building have been destroyed therefore is a challenge to facilitate the needs of the customers especially the storing of cargo. Do you want your cargo sitting in the sun, no. So ms. AMBERLY we are patiently waiting on your generous donation so we can get our buildings fix asap
    • just wrong (02/10/2017, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
      @ Port Staff - Bravo !! Applause !! Love your post. Just remember that some people really appreciate everything that is being done. Unfortunately some people only have selfish interest in everything.
    • @port staff (03/10/2017, 06:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fixing the port building is top priority. Like you say, Leadership missing..The Port should be loaded wirh money...Thats the problem people always finding reaaons to defend F. Ree....We need urgent solutions.. not excuses..too.much of it.. im fed up.. Its Now 7am ive been driving through town since 6am i ain see one electricity truck doing nothing. The same all day Yesterday didnt see any so I was telling a friend and he say maybe they not getting pay... We Need leadership badly that give us solutions and results
      • PORT STAFF (03/10/2017, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        So why attact port and custom staff. We just the little man. We do not have any control over this. We could only do as we been told. Typically ,Do not want be apart of the solution but causing problems. I guess you are the one doing to books to know how much money we have. I swear ayo only have boom sense but no common sense.
  • Concerned (02/10/2017, 18:19) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    One more typical act of BVI natives and the BVI government. They want help, but cannot do their part. How stupid is this????
  • wize up (02/10/2017, 19:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    looks like those folks could not wait to post this article: my goodness, under normal conditions the territory have some serious issues; much less after the passage of 2-hurricanes: the port was closed big fuss NOW the port reopen more talk by some of us(just saying)
  • Just Woke.. (03/10/2017, 06:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is definetely one area England need to take charge of.. Port and Finance.. These Ministers are focus on getting them home and their businesses water and electricity first. ...What they say about a Captain to ghe be the firat to jump off his sinking ship?
  • well saw (03/10/2017, 09:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Where is the op ma... always no where to be found then collecting a fat salary

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