Several stevedores expressed their discontent at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) this morning. Leading the charge today was stevedore, Raymond Rivers, who explained that workers at the Port of Belize Limited are concerned with the moving of the loading operation from the Belize City port to the Big Creek Port in Independence Village. He asserted that this move will leave over a hundred families without a source of income.
Andy Lane, CEO of Port of Belize, explained that the move is due to the BSI/ASR group concluding that logistic efficiency would be better if business was conducted through the Big Creek Port. The Port is looking to physically attract more business opportunities. This will be achieved by creating a single channel for all ships coming to Belize to be integrated into one place. The amalgamation of ports will facilitate docking for dry cargo and fuel vessels as well as tourist ships.
While the PBL is slated to see an interruption of operation in July, Lane clarified that it will span for only eight days, contrary to the two months that Rivers claimed. He explained that the temporary closure is due to a trestle that needs to be repaired. Work as normal should resume without the stevedores experiencing any financial loss.