Wednesday 26 February, 2020

CHEC says upcoming projects not affected by coronavirus travel ban

Mandela Highway, Kingston. Jamaica
Rehabilitated by China Harbour Engineering Company Jamaica, via Facebook.

Mandela Highway, Kingston. Jamaica Rehabilitated by China Harbour Engineering Company Jamaica, via Facebook.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Jamaica is reporting that its operations will not be adversely affected despite the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in mainland China and a travel ban issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness for travellers from the Asian country.

CHEC Jamaica Country Manager, Dangran Bi said the company’s current projects, which include the long-awaited Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project, are in advance stages of preparation and will begin on schedule despite the travel ban.

“As a company, we are definitely watching with great seriousness the developments surrounding the coronavirus outbreak currently affecting sections of China. However, it is important to note that this outbreak and the travel restrictions have not and will not negatively affect our current and upcoming projects as we already have the staff complement here in Jamaica to be able to operate at full capacity,” Bi said.

He continued, “We did have a very small handful of staff members who returned to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year and who have now been affected by the travel restrictions, however, we have identified ways for them to work remotely and this will not affect any of our current projects.”

CHEC Jamaica also has on its roster for this year the construction of over 1,600 homes at Catherine Estates, the Morant Bay Urban Development Centre, the Kingston Freeport Logistics Hub which is currently under construction and expansion works at the Norman Manley International Airport.

According to the CHEC Jamaica boss, work on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project has effectively begun with the site offices for the various sections being constructed and work being done to clear sections of the roadway.

He said, over its lifetime, the project is expected to employ over 350 employees, with more than 80 per cent expected to be Jamaicans.

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