ST. VINCENT SHIPYARD
THE NEW BOYS IN TOWN Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Daniel Ravotti, Managing Director of St. Vincent Shipyard Limited, about restoration, repair, and fresh approaches to old problems.
SSL HAD THE TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE AND THE KNOWLEDGE TO RENEW AND REINVIGORATE THE SHIPYARD.
St. Vincent Shipyard Limited (SSL) assumed management of the Ottley Hall Marina and Shipyard in July 2015. At the time, the facility was in a state of disrepair. “When we first saw the place, it was deteriorated and rotting,” says Daniel Ravotti, Managing Director at St. Vincent Shipyard Limited. “But the government had a vision of improving and developing it, and when I saw the shipyard, I fell in love. This is a remarkable facility.” 36 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
QUALITY AND INNOVATION SSL had the technical experience and the knowledge to renew and reinvigorate the shipyard. Today, the facility has its own certified machinists, fabricators, and welders, and Vincentians no longer have to send off to Trinidad for specialist jobs. A reputation for quality has followed. “We’re now considered one of the best metal workshops in the Eastern Caribbean,” says Mr. Ravotti. “This is a really good development for the island,
because now other countries in the region are hearing about us.” What’s more, SSL has begun offering services which have never before been offered in the region. “Usually the bearings for a shaft are Babbitt,” explains Mr. Ravotti. “We’ve developed a new system using Teflon, remaking a Cutlass bearing system. I think this is our invention; I’ve never seen that system applied anywhere else. The temperature of the shaft we produced went