In an effort to address the concerns that the Government has with respect to the ten Austal vessels owned by the state, a team from the Austal Shipping Company is now in Trinidad and Tobago and will inspect the four water taxis and six Coast Guard vessels that have been unserviceable for approximately five years. Following which, a report will be provided to the Government on the state of the vessels together with recommendations for the maintenance of the vessels.
According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the team, which arrived in the country less than a week following the recently concluded working visit to Australia by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, are also set to visit some of the shipyards and dry dock facilities available locally “to ascertain the viability of developing a facility to offer maintenance and other services out of Trinidad.”
The Austal team will also make suggestions “towards getting all of the vessels operational and seaworthy, as well as provide a proposed maintenance programme for the vessels,” all of which will be included in their report.
It is expected that Austal’s report will be provided to the Government in the “coming weeks.”