IPI considers adding second shift for construction workers

Imperial Pacific International is considering adding night shifts for its construction workers in order to complete the Imperial Pacific Resort as soon as possible, according to a report from Saipan Tribune.

Last week during a meeting between IPI executives and the Commonwealth Casino Commission, IPI admitted they will not be able to finish construction of the resort by the August deadline and said it would be requesting for an extension to December.

Eric Poon, vice president for construction said a possible second work shift is in discussions with its contractor Pacific Rim Contractors.

“Pacific Rim and IPI have been talking about second (work) shift which will start after 7pm until midnight. Right now, we already notified the people concerned about the possibility of night shift work.”

“The exact date we still have to iron out with Pacific Rim because right now, we have to put the safety features needed especially at night before we put a date for the second (work) shift,” he added.

Poon said the lack of manpower was one of the main reasons for the resort’s delay. However, he said that over the last few months, IPI has been able to significantly increase its manpower.

“For the past few months, IPI has significantly increased manpower, especially from IPI’s side as we have H2-B workers. It helped us a lot to put our schedule even further… Moving along I can say we are back to normal like the way we want it.” he said.

“Currently, we have 68 management staff and 1,402 workers in construction—44 from Sinopan, 677 from Pacific Rim, and 700 IPI H2-B workers… we are still hiring… our requirement is 1,500 workers and right now we have 700 so we still have room to grow for sure,” he added.