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The Airports Authority of T&T (AATT)
has changed its board members many times
in the last two years and following his offi-
cial installation yesterday, new chairman
Jason Julien said it was time for the board
to "get back on track". He admitted that the
previous board had been in the national
spotlight often but "not for the right rea-
A ceremony to hand over the instruments
of appointment to the new board was held
at the Ministry of Transport, Tower D, Inter-
national Waterfront Complex, Port-of-Spain.
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz has
asked the board to look seriously at the issue
of airport security "to make sure that we are
always on top of our game and we never let
our guard down when it comes to issues of
safety". He did so just days after a terror alert
issued by United States authorities on
Caribbean Airlines flights from Guyana.
Cadiz also used the opportunity to
announced that JetBlue will begin flights to
T&T next week.
"Early next week, we are welcoming JetBlue
flying out of New York, in the first instance,
and then out of Fort Lauderdale in the second
instance. I also received a letter yesterday
from Copa Airlines where Copa had the sec-
ond flight coming in from Panama only five
days per week, and that is going to be extend-
ed to a full seven-day schedule.
"In the last two years, we ve had three
new international flights coming into Piarco.
We are really and truly looking to open it
up. There is a lot of slack time at Piarco that
we can really and truly utilise a lot more effi-
Asked whether JetBlue has been given any
assurance about security measures in T&T,
Cadiz said: "Before JetBlue or any new airline
would want to come to T&T, they would do
their own investigations, they would do their
own audit and I ve not had any indepth dis-
cussion with Jet Blue. They came down here
with a team of about ten people, including
a high-level security team, and would come
unannounced and go through the airport
and they would judge for themselves the
level of security that the airport provides."
The minister added: "What was in the
media recently with the CAL issue, airlines
everyday are subjected to all kinds of calls,
some of these calls are serious some are not.
It is not a place that any aviation practitioner
would want to be in, that s where we are at
internationally. It s not only about T&T. Both
Piarco and ANR have a high level of security
at all times. We don t wait for a perceived
While there are many projects to complete
at both airports, Cadiz said he hoped that
in the next budget the AATT gets more fund-
ing to complete its work.
"We have major repairs going on at ANR
Robinson---it s about getting those repairs
effected and completed on time and within
budget. We ve had some issues with main-
tenance in Tobago. The other area would be
the hiring of a new executive which I think
is crucial to any organisation.
"At Piarco we have the commercial park
that needs to be commercialised we need to
get tenants onto the park. We need to do
some reconfiguration, we need to create a
better feel, a better atmosphere, a better pas-
senger experience, more comfort for pas-
sengers, from car parking come back. I think
it s something we need to be aware of."
The new members of the AATT board are:
Jason Julien (chairman), Rajive Dipnarinesingh
(vice chairman), Ruthven Goddard, Judith
Baliram-Ramoutar, Maria Gonsalves, Prem-
chand Sahadeo, Rishi Mahadeo, Colonel Lyle
Alexander and Carlisle Marks.
New AATT board
The new board of directors of the Airport Authority, from left, Ruthven Goddard, Judith Baliram-Ramoutar, vice chairman Rajive
Dipnarinesingh, Ministry of Transport permanent secretary Verna Johnson, Minister of Transport Stephen Cadiz, chairman Jason Julien,
Maria Gonsalves, Premchand Sahadeo, Rishi Mahadeo, Colonel Lyle Alexander and Carlisle Marks. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
The world famous Rowan Gorilla III, which
has travelled the globe drilling in oil and gas
fields, has stopped in La Brea for repairs, Labdico
Port Services managing director Deo Gosine said.
The largest tenant at the National Energy Com-
pany (NEC) Industrial Estate in La Brea, Labidco
offers a new deepwater port and logistic facility,
commercial port services, warehousing and a
shore base for oil and gas companies.
"On January 29, history was made in La Brea
when Rowan Companies plc s Jackup Drill Ship,
Gorilla III, berthed at Labidco Port Services Limited
Port Facilities to undergo repairs for 90 days. The
12,000-tonne rig is 300 feet long and has 504
feet legs arid is capable of drilling in 365 feet deep
water. This majestic structure can be seen from
San Fernando and overshadows the La Brea skyline.
It should be noted that this Rig was able to spud
the well with 150 Million barrels of oil for Trinity
Offshore off the coast of Galeota recently," Gosine
He added that "the joint venture partnership
between Labidco Port Services Ltd of Trinidad
and HS Ocean Group (HSOG) of United Kingdom
was able to secure a contract from Rowan Com-
panies (of Houston) for the repair of their Jackup
Drill Ship, Gorilla Ill, to be undertaken in La Brea."
Up to press time, Gosine had not responded to
theT&T Guardian s queries about the value of the
contract. Labidco is jointly owned by the National
Gas Company of T&T (NGC), which holds 83 per
cent, and the NEC which holds the remaining 17
Rowan Companies announced in September
last year that it had been awarded a US$160,000
per day contract to drill for four oil and gas com-
panies in T&T.
Rowan had said that among "the notable events"
in its fleet status report was that Rowan Gorilla
III was "awarded a multi-well contract with a rig
share group that includes EOG Resources, Trinity
Exploration and Production plc, Repsol and Cen-
trica, estimated at one year commencing mid-
October 2013 at US$160,000 per day, above its
previous day rate of US$145,000."
"The Gorilla III project will see a range of works
being undertaken within the 90 days out of service.
One of the sizable scopes is the inspection, repair
and refurbishment of the spud cans, while the
platform is supported by a semi-submersible
crotch barge alongside. This approach allows
underwater works to be completed without the
use of the traditional dry dock," said Gosine.
"During this repair, more than 200 skilled T&T
nationals, from many of the major offshore con-
tractors in T&T will be employed," he added.
MIAMI---If Cupid were to have a home,
it would be Miami International Air-
Before millions of Americans can pres-
ent their loved ones with a bouquet of
Valentine s Day roses, most of the flowers
are flown from Colombia and Ecuador
to Miami, many in the bellies of passenger
planes. There, cargo handlers and cus-
toms agents---call them Cupid s helpers---
ensure that the deep red petals stay per-
fect until they reach their final
In the weeks leading up to Valentine s
Day, about 738 million flowers---85 per
cent of imported flowers---come through
the Florida airport. Los Angeles is a dis-
tant second, with 44 million. The flowers
are rushed by forklift from planes to
chilled warehouses and then onto refrig-
erated trucks or other planes and even-
tually delivered to florists, gas stations
and grocery stores across the US.
The cargo business isn t just about the
space in a plane s belly. There needs to
also be precision handling on the ground,
especially with a product that can spoil.
Cupid's Valentine helpers live in Miami airport
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