Expansion of Ocho Rios Pier Will Aid Exports and Rural Development


Discussions with a private investor are well advanced for the expansion of the Ocho Rios Pier, Minister of State in the Ministry of Mining and Telecommunications, Laurence Broderick, has announced.
He said that this will be a major boost for non-metallic mineral mining, including limestone mining, in Jamaica.
Mr. Broderick was speaking at a public discussion on Energy Management and the Minerals Industry, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s(PCJ) auditorium, Kingston, as part of islandwide activities to commemorate National Minerals Week.
Senior Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry, Oral Rainford, in an interview with JIS News, confirmed that additional facilities at the port would support minerals export and rural development in neighbouring districts in St Ann, as well as the parishes of St. Mary and Portland.
“As a multi-use port” he said, “there would be sections for tourism, export of sugar and other activities.”
He said that single use of the facility amounted to under-utilization, and stymied the potential of the minerals sector to contribute to rural development and foreign income earning for Jamaica.
The Ocho Rios port, he said, also has a conveyor belt system which, if restored, could move an additional three million tonnes of limestone per annum, which could not be transported efficiently by road, as fuel costs and safety factors would be major constraints.
Mr. Rainford said that Lydford Mining, one of Jamaica’s most successful mining and minerals export operations, was currently considering investing in the restoration of the conveyor belt system for the shipment of limestone.

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