Stevedoring Services Limited [SSL] said there has been “major uptick in cargo” which is expected to continue, with the company appealing to importers, forwarders and truckers to collect goods as soon as possible following arrival.

The company said there has been a “major uptick in cargo shipped into Bermuda’s ports” and they “predict a busy season leading up to the Americas Cup.”

“The space on the docks is limited and SSL has to ensure it has the capacity to discharge containers cars, boats and oversized loose on the limited dock space,” the company said.

“The hardworking Stevedoring crew have been unloading the weekly cargo ships as swiftly and efficiently as always, moving an average of 36 containers per hour. There is some congestion on the docks due to a backlog of cargo which has not been picked up upon arrival.

“With multi-tonne cranes and containers, men on the ground and occasional hazardous materials in motion, the safety of those on the dock has to be a priority.

“Congestion on the docks can be dangerous and causes delays for the scores of truckers who take the cleared and unloaded cargo to their destinations in grocery stores, institutions, restaurants and homes around the island.

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