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exchange. La Brea, as a project primed to take advantage of many different opportunities inherently available from the country, goes a long way to achieving exactly this vision. By taking advantage of the skillsets in the oil and gas industry that the people of Trinidad and Tobago have cultivated and applying them to sectors that are up and coming, SRDC will help sustain the national coffers long into the future. Additional long-term support will be provided through link ups to nearby academic institutions such as universities and

business schools, training new generations of people to capitalize on the potential of the maritime sector. DRY DOCK FUTURE La Brea is SRDC’s main focal point at present, as the shipyard brings together the many skills and abilities of all stakeholders within the Maritime Cluster. As shown, the shipyard port will also play an important role in the future of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy by expanding possible opportunities in the country. It will also open the country up even more to the

international shipping community, forging stronger links and bonds between them. Mr. de Gannes concludes on a positive note about what this project could mean for Trinidad and Tobago’s role in the global maritime community: “Ship repairs have been going on in Trinidad for over 105+ years now. In the past, these ship repairs were carried out in the northwestern part of the country. A new shipyard located in the southwestern part opens up a whole new world, one in which we believe we can continue building an excellent track record.” c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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