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COUVA TABAQUITE TALPARO REGIONAL CORPORATION
Tenders are invited from Contractors Registered and Approved with the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo
Regional Corporation for works under the Development Programme 2014/2015 as follows:-
• ROADS & BRIDGES PROGRAMME
- 10 PROJECTS
• DRAINAGE & IRRIGATION PROGRAMME - 8 PROJECTS
• RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
- 2 PROJECTS
Tender documents can be obtained between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m at the Corporation's
Tenders Department, Main Office, Railway Road, Couva - Telephone No. 636-5580 only on pro-
duction of a receipt showing that a Non Refundable Tender Deposit of One Hundred Dollars
($100.00) PER PROJECT has been paid.
Any further technical information may be obtained between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. from
Mr. Maniram Mohess, County Superintendent or Mr. Barry Samaroo, Engineering & Surveying
Officer at the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation at Telephone No: 636-7295, 636-9054
A Pre-tender Meeting will be held at the Corporation's Main Office, Railway Road, Couva on
Friday 21st August 2015 at 9:00 a.m. followed by Site Visits.
Tenders must be accompanied by:-
(i) Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of
Inland Revenue and dated not more than six (6) months prior to the closing of the tender.
(ii) Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act.
The Original Form of Tender, Bills of Quantities and Summary Sheet must be placed in sealed
envelopes and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional
Corporation and clearly marked on the outside: -
"TENDER FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS FOR THE COUVA/TABAQUITE/TALPARO REGIONAL
CORPORATION, MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT"
Envelopes must be deposited in the labeled WHITE Tenders Box located at the Main Building,
Railway Road Couva not later than 4:00p.m. on Thursday 27th August 2015.
Tenders will be opened shortly thereafter. The tenderer or his representative may be present at the
Late tenders will not be considered in any circumstances.
The Committee does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Committee reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its entirety or even partially, with-
out defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
Chief Executive Officer
A sea monster that lay hidden beneath the
waves for five centuries has finally been recov-
ered from the Baltic Sea.
The "monster"---a ship figurehead that may
show a scowling dog or perhaps a fantastical sea
dragon with a helpless human clutched in its
jaws---was fixed atop the Gribshunden, a vessel
that last sailed in 1495.
"I think it s some kind of fantasy animal---a
dragon with lion ears and crocodilelike mouth,"
Johan Ronnby, a professor of marine archaeology
at Södertörn University in Sweden, who recovered
the figurehead, told BBC News."And there seems
to be something in his mouth.
There seems to be a person in its mouth, and
he s eating somebody.
The sunken ship could provide an unprece-
dented look at how warships were made at that
pivotal time in world history.
"What is unique is that there are no other war-
ships from this time in the world," said Marcus
Sandekjer, the director of the Blekinge Museum
in Karlskrona, Sweden, where the figurehead is
The Gribshunden, or the "Grip Dog," could
even provide clues to the construction of the
ships that Christopher Columbus used to sail to
North America, he added.
The team isn t quite sure what a "grip dog" is.
In Danish, "Gribshunden" is a combination of
the words for a griffon --- a mythical Greek crea-
ture that is part lion, part bird --- and a dog or
"It s an odd name also in Danish," Sandekjer
told Live Science
Either way, the Gribshunden was the flagship
of King Hans of Denmark s naval fleet. In 1495,
the king was sailing on the Gribshunden to the
southeastern Swedish city of Kalmar, where he
planned to negotiate a political union between
the Scandinavian countries.
But partway through the journey, while King
Hans was off the boat visiting the nearby port
of Ronneby in what is now Sweden (then Den-
mark), the Gribshunden caught fire and sank.
An eyewitness account from a Danish nobleman
who escaped the wreckage describes a terrible
conflagration in which "many knights and poor
men burned to death," Sandekjer said.
Divers first discovered the wreck in the 1970s,
but scientists identified the ship in 2013, only
after two excavations in 2007 and 2011 to analyse
Earlier this week (Aug. 11), divers managed to
heave the monstrous figurehead from the frigid
It is now sitting in a bath of water at the
Blekinge Museum. Researchers hope to restore it
and then put it on display at the museum.
The forbidding face of the Gribshunden likely
would have struck fear in enemies who encoun-
tered it: From nose to end, it spans 11.1 feet. It
would have been the terrifying face of an imposing
warship that was up to 100 feet (30 m) long and
held 150 seamen.
Such ornate figureheads served several purposes:
They helped people in preliterate societies identify
a ship at a glance.
And in Viking culture, dragons and other mon-
sters carved into figureheads were used to ward
off evil spirits that were thought to attack on a
hazardous ocean voyage, according to the British
In this case, it s also possible that the human
head wedged in the monster s jaws could represent
the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale (or sea
monster), Sandekjer said.
The building of the Gribshunden was an inter-
national project. The timbers hailed from northern
'Sea monster' figurehead
hauled from Baltic Sea
France and were felled sometime between 1482
and 1483, analysis of the tree rings suggests.
The ship itself was likely constructed in Flan-
ders or in the Netherlands, he said.
The Gribshunden is unusual in that it is still
in near-pristine condition.
Most ocean shipwrecks have been eaten away
by sea worms or degraded by the salty water,
but the Baltic has less saline waters and no ship-
worms to ravage the boats, Sandekjer said.
figurehead of a
known as the
or "grip dog,"
waves in 1495
off the coast of
ship may be
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