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repair LNG Carrier membrane containment systems. This Trinidad-based ship repair arrangement with the expert guidance of the Europe Technologies Group will provide both project management and skilled personnel in organizing the working party with the ship-owner, the shipyard, the technology owner (which has around 310 LNG carriers equipped with its technologies), the Classification Company, and other service providers, to achieve the best on-time quality Cargo Containment System solutions required by LNG Carrier owners. These specialized ships require specialist ship repair knowledge, knowledge that SRDC is looking to develop jointly with a leading French-based membrane technology organization alongside with Europe Technologies. “We plan to offer specialized repairs to LNG Carriers, as Ninety-Two percent (92%) of the World LNG Carrier Fleet are now able to sail through the expanded Panama Canal,” explains Mr. de Gannes. “Trinidad and Tobago is also the sixth largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas in the world having recently crossed its 3,000th LNG shipment safety milestone, since LNG exports commenced in 1999 from the twin-island State located in the southern Caribbean. So we have a number of ships that already come to the southwestern part of Trinidad to collect cargoes from the Atlantic LNG Terminal, located in Point

Fortin. La Brea will be perfectly situated to provide these passing LNG Carriers with maintenance and repair services.” Mr. de Gannes continues, outlining some of the other services that the shipyard will be able to offer clients once it is completed: “Other areas would be inspection of and replacement of anodes that are used on the hulls, propeller repairs, maintenance and repair of engines, on-board machinery, and navigational and safety equipment. It will also offer welding, fabrication and renewal of steel plating, ‘GTT Approved’ shipyard services, cryogenic pump inspec-

tion and repairs, certification, and supply of on-board fire suppression equipment. Oily-water treatment facilities will also be sited at and nearby the shipyard, as well as solid and liquid waste treatment and disposal services. We will also offer general surveys required for the insurance of all ocean going ships, including LNG Carriers which are required to be dry docked every five years.” The idea was first proposed in 2010 and construction is set to finally get underway in early 2017. It is being financed by The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) with Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) work being undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is expected to open in 2019 and will offer 24 hour a day, 7 day a week services so that it can become the vibrant hub that the region needs. A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY Trinidad and Tobago is a country proud of its environmental heritage. SRDC recognizes the importance of this natural beauty and will seek not only to minimize the impact of La Brea’s construction but also to use the project to promote the beauty that the country has to offer. Before any work could even begin, the SRDC needed to acquire a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) that meant the shipyard would be built in accordance with Environmental Act 35-05. This was achieved through evidence-based analysis ensuring minimal impact to all levels of the environment. The acquisition of the CEC means its project will begin from a point of excellent eco-credentials. In addition to this, the group continues to work with SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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