In an effort to help diversify the economy from the energy sector, the Shipbuilding and Repair Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (SRDC), the commercial business entity of the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding and Repair Cluster - an initiative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) - recently participated in their first bid proposal for the design and build of two (2) Harbour Tug boats for a well known state-owned Company involved in towage and harbour operations.
This comprehensive bid involved having to partner strategically with Robert Allan Ltd., one of Canada's oldest privately owned consulting Naval Architectural firms, established in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1930. The company has earned an international reputation for innovative, successful designs for a wide range of ships and has been a leader in creating cost-efficient vessels for service in the marine transportation industry. Robert Allan Ltd., provides independent professional marine consulting and design services to a worldwide client base, supported by the latest in computer-aided design and drafting technology.
According to Wilfred de Gannes, Chairman and CEO of the SRDC "We are fortunate to work alongside Mr. Robert Allan and his team of naval architects who are best known for their work in the fields of tug and barge transportation, ship-assist and escort tugs, fast patrol craft, fireboats, supply vessels and shallow-draft vessels."
Mr. de Gannes goes on to state: "The bid proposal developed with the efforts of several local cluster stakeholders including Alstons Shipping Limited (Ansa McAl Group), Damus Limited (ISO 9000:2008 approved for fabrication of steel structures), Inter-Isle Construction & Fabrication Company Limited and Tracmac Limited (Neal and Massy Group), alongside Louisiana Machinery who are part of Caterpillar's network of Marine Excellence Centres (MEC), provides a platform to offer further ship design and build proposals on an international level."
The government of Trinidad and Tobago is looking at the shipbuilding and repair sector as an important area in its diversification thrust for 2010. To learn more about the T&T Shipbuilding and Repair Cluster visit their website at www.tts-r.com
The Robert Allan 24 metre / 50 Bollard Pull Class designs have Towing, Mooring and FiFi 1 Firefighting capabilities.