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Kingston Wharves outlines plans for logistics centre

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Grantley Stephenson (left), chairman and chief executive officer of Kingston Wharves Limited, explains expansion plans to Evroy Johnson (centre), chief financial officer, Carib Star Shipping Limited, and Joseph Lowe, director, Maritime and Transport Group.

Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) last Wednesday outlined plans for the establishment of a total logistics complex in Newport West and further expansion of its port facility during a stakeholders meeting with members of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ).

During the meeting held at the Shipping Association of Jamaica, Grantley Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of KWL, advised members that the company has been granted government approval to modify access through Third Street, Newport West, as part of its plan of expansion and development which is well situated with the national thrust towards developing the shipping and logistics industries.

The KWL CEO stated that the modification of access was necessary to facilitate the build-out and preparation of infrastructure for the company's development over the next five years, which includes boundary extension, container yard rehabilitation, dredging, and the purchase of gantry cranes.

Estimated at a cost of US$70 million, Stephenson said that the initiatives will create a significant number of jobs and bring increased opportunities to businesses in the port community.

Noting that KWL has been granted free-zone status, Stephenson said, "this initial step sets the stage for an improvement in the country's attractiveness as a logistics destination as it bolsters our ability to undertake projects on behalf of major players in the market who are now looking to the Caribbean to establish hubs in preparation for the Panama Canal expansion."

He added that, as part of its plans, KWL will be investing in the rehabilitation of the drainage system in Newport West as well as the creation of a central chassis park.

The modification of the KWL facility will affect traffic flow in the community.

PROPOSED TRAFFIC FLOW CHANGES

Third Street:

Third Street closure will start at the eastern boundary of the KWL Logistics Centre (formerly Lascelles Distribution Centre), to the eastern boundary of the Petrojam fuel storage depot in the west.

Third Street west of the intersection with Fifth Avenue, will become a two-way street cul-de-sac.

Third Street west of the point of closure at the eastern side of the Petrojam fuel storage depot extending to the intersection with Eight Avenue, will also become a cul-de sac with two-way traffic.

The lower sections of Sixth and Seventh avenues between Second and Third

streets will be closed.

First Street

First Street will be converted to one-way traffic flow from east to west from Fourth Avenue to Ninth Avenue.

The remaining streets of the Newport West subdivision will remain unaffected. All the avenues will remain as two-way traffic flows as currently prevails.