"When Bermuda experiences a hurricane, getting the cargo docks up and running quickly is vital, not just for everyday goods, but also for hurricane supplies and repair materials to arrive here as quickly as possible," said National Security Minister Michael Weeks following his recent tour of the Hamilton Docks.
The Minister's visit coincides with his Ministry's efforts to support critical national infrastructure entities.
Minister Weeks was greeted by Warren Jones, the CEO of Polaris Holding Company Ltd and Stevedoring Services and was accompanied by the Government's National Disaster Coordinator Steve Cosham and Dean Rubaine, the Planner for Critical National Infrastructure within the Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation (DRRM) Team.
The Hamilton Docks are critical to Bermuda, receiving around 35,000 containers per year with the bulk of the food and supplies the Island needs to survive.
Minister Weeks added: "We all see the effects on the shelves of the supermarkets when a container ship is out of service for several weeks.
"We have also seen the effects of world events on available goods, with manufacturers changing product lines and sizes.
"The Hamilton Docks operation works with the shipping lines that supply Bermuda and the truckers that take the goods from the docks to the shops and the shelves.
"As Chair of the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO), it is essential that I am familiar with the operational requirements of the various critical national infrastructure entities on the Island.
"Knowing how the EMO can work in partnership with these organisations is equally essential so that they be up and running as quickly as possible to minimise the disruption to the public."