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Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman has disclosed that Cabinet has given the go-ahead for a contract to supply and install an automated gate system at the Kingston Container Terminal. The contract, awarded to Science Applications International Corporation, is valued at $124.4 million (US$2.008 million).
Addressing journalists yesterday (Oct. 10) at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister Whiteman said the installation of the gate was part of the Port Authority of Jamaica’s effort to continuously upgrade the port and the container facility. The Authority will finance the system through its capital budget.
“The system will have the effect of reducing processing time, improving procedures and reducing manpower to some extent,” Minister Whiteman informed. The new gate system, which will be installed in two phases, will be part of a five-lane entrance and five-lane exit facility located at opposite ends of the port’s north terminal. The first phase is to be undertaken at the port’s exit section, while the second phase will be carried out at the entrance.
Senator Whiteman pointed out that the automated gate system would also “include cameras for reading container and truck numbers as well as damage inspection; and the lanes would include pedestals for entering appointment numbers as well as generating trucker instruction documents”.
The port’s new gate system will be required to interface with the existing terminal operating software system.
Mr. Whiteman said the intention was for the system to provide for greater efficiency at the port, and “also enable quicker tracking of vehicles, their registration, and the recording of [the information] in the database for efficiency and security purposes”.