Six remaining Coast Guard vessels to be delivered mid-year

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 20:00

The T&T Coast Guard will take delivery of six vessels built by Dutch shipbuilder, Damen Schelde by the middle of the year.

The vessels are the second half of an order for 12 boats, placed by the Government in May 2015.

The comprise two FSC 5009 utility vessels, four 50m-long Damen Stan Patrol 5009 coastal patrol vessels (CPVs) and six D 1102 interceptors to go on them.

The Coast Guard took delivery of the first installment of six boats in July 2015, which included one 50m SPA 5009 CPV with its accompanying D 1102 interceptor, two FCS 5009 utility vessels and their two interceptors. 

This leaves the remaining three CPVs and three interceptors.

Damen will also provide technical support and training. 

The acquisition programme has lasted four years and all the vessels are being constructed by Damen in the Netherlands.

The package consists of annual spare parts package deliveries, a maintenance management system (CMMS), documentation including vessel operation manuals, field service support on-site as well as a maintainer training package.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago pulled out of an agreement with BAE Systems in 2010 for the construction and delivery of three 2,000t offshore patrol vessels. 

The vessels were retained by the OEM before eventually being sold to Brazil as the Amazonas-class OPV.