S&R cluster meeting in progress at the Ministry of Trade & Industry Head Office, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Above: Our 'VISION' booklet first published in 2008.
Above R-L: Deputy Leader / SRDC Chairman & CEO Wilfred de Gannes gives a token of appreciation to Mr. M. Burke, Executive Chairman / Maritime Preservation Limited.
The Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding and Repair maritime cluster is an initiative started in 2007/8 by the current T&T Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Keith Christopher Rowley, MP when he served in his former capacity, as Minister of Trade and Industry.
Today, the cluster presently has some 75+ stakeholders, both local and global companies involved in various areas of maritime activity.
Areas of operation for the maritime cluster are outlined in our Articles of Incorporation, duly Registered in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. See below:
The undertaking of the Company is restricted to helping to place the maritime industries firmly on the Trinidad and Tobago economic and social landscape and will be instrumental in finding solutions to important issues, including:
1). Representing the Trinidad and Tobago naval and maritime industry, from shipyards, prime contractors to system-integrators, to equipment makers and service providers, which together make up this industry for ships, but also for all structures needed for the exploitation of offshore resources, marine renewable energies, security, safety and the environment;
2). Responsible for the promotion in Trinidad and Tobago and the strategic positioning within the Caribbean and abroad and the recognition of the high technology which characterizes the industry;
3). Represent the maritime and naval sector in national and international bodies. This includes Ministries, Parliament and national associations and extends to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), International Maritime Organization, United Nations, European Commission and various other statutory and non-statutory bodies in various parts of the developed and developing world;
4). Develop a vast network and make use of social networks and professional media services to promote the maritime economy and the dynamism and calibre of its members, and to defend the strategically important interests of the sector;
5). Develop conferences together with its members; organize both local, regional and world leading exhibitions for port, maritime, naval-defense and security business shows, covering all maritime and inland waterway economic affairs and this will provide a forum for discussion and consultation on issues related to the maritime economy;
6). Involvement in various maritime projects, research initiatives, either solely or jointly with other local and international institutions including the sharing of knowledge and showcase technologies to improve maritime efficiency and helping to reduce Green House Gas emissions from ocean going ships;
7). Develop maritime publications, reports and studies both in electronic and hardcopy format which will be a source of business information and analysis. The publications will be produced on demand, monthly, quarterly or annually and will provide data on the maritime economy as a whole and/or by sector, while promoting its members and their products and services. Its publications will become the showcase of the Trinidad and Tobago maritime economy;
8). Arrange meetings between professionals with similar problems and interests and who also share the values of the maritime world and have an operational objective such as making recommendations and proposals and following them through, setting up industrial consortiums, structuring industry sectors, and any other action that furthers the common objectives of the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding and Repair Maritime industry;
9). Organize and host with assistance of its members networking sessions throughout the year and provide opportunities for economic, institutional and political stakeholders to get together and will encourage team spirit and mutual support across the whole sector and facilitate business dealings;
10). Lobbying on behalf of members at their request or for the benefit of the whole maritime community and will undertake to defend and promote strategically important interests. It will earn the recognition as an organisation representing the general interest of the maritime economy and as an effective defender of the particular interests of its members (when these coincide with the general interest);
11). It will be a primary point of contact for decision makers and will engage with government authorities in vigorous, informative and constructive dialogue.
THE COMPANIES ACT, 1995
(Sections 9 and 309)
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIR MARITIME CLUSTER
NON PROFIT COMPANY
SCHEDULE A - ITEM 4
RESTRICTIONS ON THE UNDERTAKING THAT THE COMPANY MAY CARRY ON:
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Above L-R: Stakeholder Mr. Jason Steward - General Manager of Austal Shipyards is given a token of appreciation by Deputy Leader / S&R Chairman & CEO Wilfred de Gannes (Centre) in the presence of Mr. Russell Manswell - Austal Operations Manager.
Above L-R: Deputy Leader / SRDC Chairman & CEO Wilfred de Gannes gives a token of appreciation to Mr. S. Parasram, Manager / Svitzer (A.P. Møller – Maersk Group).
chaguaramas, trinidad & tobago, west-indies.