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Dock X-Ray machine to be operational by this summer

Construction of the X-Ray Scanner on Hamilton’s docks is now 30 percent complete, according to Bermuda Customs, with the project now slated for completion this summer.

A Customs spokesman acknowledged that the X-Ray project, initially given an April, 2011 completion date, had encountered some unexpected obstacles.

“In the initial construction phase, an unused underground bunker was discovered on the site and as such, a minor delay occurred with respect to the laying of the concrete slab.

“However that delay has not hindered the progress of the project in any material way.”

The facility will allows Customs agents to scan every container coming through the port, keeping drugs and firearms from being smuggled into the Island.

The latest announcement came as the City of Hamilton prepares for a major overhaul of the Front Street and Court Street intersection, which is expected to commence at the end of this month.

The old T-junction will have get an extra road, with a new entrance to serve the scanning facility.

The phased project comprises both public sector and City of Hamilton work.

City of Hamilton secretary Ed Benevides said the City’s latest trenching along the waterfront could be expected this weekend, as a hydraulic draught is laid at the docks to allow the Bermuda Fire Service to draw water from the harbour in an emergency.

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Published February 03, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 03, 2012 at 5:43 am)

Dock X-Ray machine to be operational by this summer

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