Trinidad News

30 Sep 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Conducts Maritime Security Training

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Trinidad and Tobago is the latest International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Member State to receive maritime security training. A self-assessment and audit training workshop took place in in Port of Spain, Trinidad (23-27 September).Participants were trained in self-assessing how two key IMO maritime security instruments – SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code – are implemented at the port facility level. This is done using established…

03 Sep 2019

Harvey Gulf Continues Global Expansion

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane Guidry

The Company announced today that its two PSV 3250’s arrived without incident in Nigeria on August 12, 2019 and immediately began one-year contracts.CEO Shane Guidry commented, “We want to thank our local partner and our Nigeria employees for working 100 percent within our policies, procedures and most importantly our safety culture. We look forward to growing our business in the region.” The Company continues to expand globally, with two additional PSV 5400’s arriving in Trinidad on August 24…

13 Aug 2019

Incat, Austal Choose MAN for Ferries

Photo: MAN Energy Solutions

Incat and Austal ferries to maintain Trinidad and Tobago seabridge Prominent Australian shipbuilders, Austal and Incat Tasmania, have ordered a total of eight MAN 16V28/33D STC engines in connection with the decision of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to build one fast ferry at each yard.Each vessel will be powered by 4 × MAN 16V28/33D STC units to provide highspeed passenger and vehicle operations on the seabridge between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

24 Jul 2019

Caribbean to Enhance Maritime Capacity

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Chile, to extend Chile's technical assistance to countries in the Caribbean region, in addition to Latin America.According to the UN body, the MoU on Technical Cooperation, signed by the Directorate General of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR) of the Republic of Chile, replaces earlier MoUs (signed in 2002 and 2005) and strengthens the collaboration…

17 Jul 2019

Incat Tasmania Exports 111m Ferry to Spain

Incat Tasmania’s newest 111-meter ferry has been handed over to her new Spanish operator  Naviera Armas and departed Hobart late last night (16 July) for Spain.The ship, named Volcan de Tagoro (Incat Hull 091) is impressive in her distinctive red Naviera Armas livery. 091 completed sea trials over the past few days, loaded fuel and supplies yesterday for the delivery voyage to Spain, and has now left Australia.The delivery will be via Auckland, across the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti and the Panama Canal before crossing the Atlantic on her way to Spain.

09 Jul 2019

Caribbean Maritime Sector Going Green

Pic: International Maritime Organization

Government and private stakeholders have expressed their support for climate action in the Caribbean, with a focus on decarbonizing the shipping sector.According to International Maritime Organization (IMO),  during a regional workshop on Capacity Building for Climate Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry, held at the Chaguaramas Campus of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (1-3 July), Caribbean maritime sector committed to decarbonization.The workshop, the second for the region…

18 Jun 2019

Harvey Gulf Wins Work in Nigeria

(Photo: Harvey Gulf)

US based Harvey Gulf announced on Tuesday that it has signed a pair of one-year charters in Nigeria, for the placement of two US-flag 3250DWT DPS-2 platform supply vessels (PSV). Both PSVs are capable of working in shallow water ports with 4.5 meters of transit depth and will depart for Nigeria in late June.The company said it also expects to send two 1,000-square-meter deck vessels to the area in the third quarter.CEO Shane Guidry commented, “We are continuing with our commitment to our shareholders of doing all we can to continue to generate positive EBITDA and cash flow…

17 Jun 2019

Incat Tasmania Launches 111 Meter Ferry

Photo: Incat Tasmania

Incat Tasmania launched a 111-meter ferry -- Volcan de Tagoro (Incat Hull 091) -- from the shipyard at Hobart’s Prince of Wales Bay on June 15.Naviera Armas SA will operate the vessel on Spanish routes, including the Canary Islands. The company has an extensive fleet of vessels, and Volcan de Tagoro will be the fifth Incat vessel operating in the Armas fleet, however is their first newbuild from Incat Tasmania. The ship’s crew will soon arrive from Spain to observe the vessel…

28 May 2019

BP Hires Vroon for Trinidad and Tobago

VOS Grace. Image by Vroon Offshore Services

BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC has awarded Vroon Offshore Services Aberdeen a multiple year, multi-million pound contract.Vroon said on Monday that BP had hired three emergency rescue and response vessels (ERRVs) from its subsidiary, Vroon Offshore Services Aberdeen.The North Sea’s largest operator of ERRVs said that it will provide three specialist vessels to support BP’s operations in the Caribbean: the VOS Gorgeous, the VOS Fabulous and the VOS Grace.Dedicated to supporting offshore operations 24/7 365 days a year…

03 May 2019

Ever Larger LNG Tankers Head for Panama Canal

Ever large merchant vessels, including this large containership, are now transiting the Panama Canal on a regular basis. Image: CH2M

A 'Q-Flex' LNG tanker, the world's second-largest class of liquefied natural gas carriers, is set to pass through the Panama Canal for the first time, the canal's CEO said, expanding the Americas to Asia trade route for the fast-growing commodity.The 'Al Safliyah', which can carry about 210,000 cubic metres of LNG, is on its way to Panama from the North Pacific after discharging a cargo from Qatar into Korea Gas Corp's (KOGAS) Tongyeong terminal on April 21, shipping data in Refinitiv Eikon showed."This is the first Q-Flex to transit the Panama Canal…

02 May 2019

Aqueos Charters Otto Candies DSV

DSV Kelly Ann Candies (Photo: Aqueos Corporation)

Subsea services company Aqueos Corporation said it has entered into a multi-year agreement with vessel owner Otto Candies for the charter of the US-built multi-role DP-2 diving support vessel (DSV) Kelly Ann Candies.The high spec vessel has a built-in 14-man Draeger saturation diving system complete with three-man bell, moon-pool bell launch with cursor, self propelled hyperbaric lifeboat (SPHL), 60-ton crane and berthing for 76 persons. The vessel has a Canyon Offshore work class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) with an in-built…

26 Apr 2019

UNHCR: 21 Venezuelans Missing after Caribbean Capsizing

At least 21 Venezuelans were missing after their boat sank on the way to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday, citing information from that country's coast guard.The boat, the “Jhonnaly Jose”, was carrying at least 25 people from the Venezuelan coastal town of Guiria when it capsized in the early hours of Wednesday, UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva."This tragic incident highlights the extreme risks of sea journeys and other irregular cross-border movements undertaken by refugees and migrants.

23 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Waterjets for High-Speed Ferry

The new 100 meters long catamaran ferry, being built by Incat Tasmania for the Trinidad & Tobago Government, will feature the recently introduced Wärtsilä WXJ waterjets. Copyright: Incat.

The Wärtsilä WXJ series of modular waterjets have scored its first installation, onboard a  new 100-m wave-piercing catamaran ferry being built for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia.The WXJ series was officially launched in early March 2019. The series is a further development and upgrading of the Wärtsilä LJX waterjets, with greater efficiency with lower cavitation and underwater noise levels.In addition to the four WXJ waterjets, Wärtsilä will also supply the Wärtsilä ProTouch operational control system.

04 Apr 2019

Harvey Gulf Branches Out Internationally

Photo: Harvey Gulf Marine

Since committing to go global in September 2018, US based Harvey Gulf said on Thursday it has been awarded contracts in Mexico, Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname.The company noted it also has bids for work in Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, Israel, Ghana and Nigeria.Harvey Gulf, which completed a financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceedings in 2018, said it will continue to look for merger opportunities as they present themselves.

25 Mar 2019

Harvey Gulf Continues Global Push

Photo courtesy of Harvey Gulf

Harvey Gulf International Marine continues its commitment to expanding operations globally with the opening of offices in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico City, Trinidad, and Guyana, and with the reflagging of two additional DP2 Offshore Supply Vessels the Harvey Seahawk and Harvey Falcon by this April.These vessels will join the OSV’s Harvey Leader and Harvey Legend along with the FSV Harvey Clipper to operate and service our customers in Mexico.Harvey Gulf has certified these vessels for operations to ensure customers can receive Harvey service levels for their expanding global operations.

13 Mar 2019

Training on Oil Spill Response in Caribbean

Pic: International Maritime Organization

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has conducted a Level 2 Training Course on OPRC (Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation) in St Kitts and Nevis  for oil spill response managers in the wider Caribbean region.Participants from 15 countries attended the IMO-funded event, which is focused on tactical aspects of spill preparedness and response, and applying incident management systems to assist effective coordination of spill response.The countries were Anguilla…

01 Mar 2019

Caribbean Commits to IMO Standards

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Caribbean States and Territories have re-affirmed their commitment to implementing International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards for safe, secure and sustainable shipping.According to the UN body, this is part of wider efforts to intensify investments and harness the full potential of the oceans, rivers and lakes to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and fight poverty.Ministers responsible for maritime transport and other participants representing the Governments in the region met at a High Level Symposium (27 February) in Montego Bay…

15 Feb 2019

GasLog: LNG Demand Grew 9% in 2018

Image: GasLog

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to have increased by 9%, from 288 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2017 to 313 mtpa in 2018, said GasLog.The Monaco-based owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers said in a stock exchange announcement that China’s LNG imports increased by approximately 16 mtpa, or 41%, to 54 mtpa in 2018, driven mainly by continued coal-to-gas switching in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Mexico also experienced strong growth in LNG imports during 2018.

17 Dec 2018

Austal Rises on U.S. Contract Win

LCS vessels, hulls 4 & 5, alongside at Austal's U.S. manufacturing facility. (CREDIT: Austal)

Shares of ship builder Austal Ltd rise as much as 4.6 pct to A$1.940.Austal said that it has a news contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to build two more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), bringing the total new LCS orders booked in 2018 CY to four ships. Reportedly, the new award is under the congressional cost cap of $584 mlnSeparately, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia will fund Republic of Trinidad & Tobago with a loan of A$80 mln ($57.40 mln) to assist it to purchase…

12 Dec 2018

MOL, Proman Shipping Name Methanol Carrier CASTARA

At the naming ceremony. Photo by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Switzerland's Proman Shipping and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines(MOL) announced that  a naming ceremony for a newbuilding Methanol Carrier for Proman Shipping was held at the Hyundai Mipo Drydock (HMD) in Korea.The vessel was named the CASTARA by Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited. (MHTL) CEO Dennis Patrick. MHTL and Proman Shipping are subsidiaries of the Proman Group.The CASTARA will be the most eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vessel in Proman Shipping’s expanding fleet.David Cassidy…

03 Dec 2018

Trinidad Signs Pact with BP, Shell

Cabinet appointed Empowered Negotiations Team continued negotiations with British Petroleum Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT) and Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited. Photo: Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The government of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has entered into an agreement with energy giantsShell and BP over gas pricing and LNG activities.According to local media reports, the agree­ment in­volves new pric­ing arrange­ments, the ex­ten­sion of the At­lantic LNG Train 1 by a fur­ther five years, and the abil­i­ty of the Na­tion­al Gas Com­pa­ny (NGC) to ex­port liqui­fied nat­ur­al gas (LNG) on be­half of T&T.The government sources quoted min­is­ter in the Of­fice of the Prime…

18 Nov 2018

Ampelmann Completes Half a Million Safe Transfers for BP

Image: Ampelmann

Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann has reached a new milestone: 500,000 safe personnel transfers for BP globally.The  provider of offshore personnel transfer system completed its first transfer for the oil major in Trinidad & Tobago in 2010 and has since enabled another 17 projects in seven countries.“Half a million people transfers in eight years is a key milestone for Ampelmann,” said Gus DeOliveira, Area Sales Lead for the Americas. “We thank BP for their continuous…

18 Nov 2018

Caribbean Ship Inspector Training course Held

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Performing a vessel inspection is an important task. Inspections by flag and port States are key to keeping ship standards high and in turn reducing accidents and pollution to the maritime environment.To maintain a high level of safety in the region, a Regional Caribbean Ship Inspector Training course (CASIT) (29 October – 16 November) has been held in Trinidad and Tobago, said a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO).The objective of the course is to prepare ship surveyors to be able to work in a Caribbean maritime administration.

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