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Health and Safety concerns at
state-owned Petrotrin left an inter-
national crude oil tanker moored
off the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery for
ten days and cost the company as
much as US$24,000 a day.
The tanker, Overseas Redwood,
carrying crude as feedstock for the
local refinery was unable to berth as
HSE (Health, Safety and the Envi-
ronment) red flags shut down
Petrotrin s number six berth, the
company s largest and the only area
capable of docking the large liner.
Experts pegged the cost of the delay
at over $1.5 million plus additional
losses as the company was unable to
access the feedstock crude on board
The country s participation rate in the tertiary
sector has grown. So said Minister of Tertiary
Education and Skills Training Fazal Karim yes-
terday as he toured the soon-to-be opened
Metal Industries Company (MIC) Institute of
Technology, Diego Martin Technology Centre
and YTEPP training facility at Diamond Vale
Industrial Estate (Factory Road), Diego Mar-
tin.Karim, asked if he was satisfied with the par-
ticipation of the country s citizens in such pro-
grammes, said yes but indicated there was always
room for improvement.
He said, "When I became minister in 2010,
the participation rate in the tertiary sector was
42 per cent, with the expansion of these facilities
and facilities like this, the Government of T&T
has set a target by May 2015 of 60 per cent to
be accomplished. I am pleased to announce to
you that we are currently at 57 per cent, and I
am convinced that by May 2015 we will meet
and exceed that percentage."
Karim said the People s Partnership manifesto
said it would have expanded the Government
Assistance for Tuition Expenses (Gate) to voca-
tional studies. "A society cannot only be built
on academia," he said.
The $1.5 million refurbished centre houses six
classrooms, a computer lab, an l-shaped food
preparation room among others.
Courses to be offered at the centre includes
a mix of both the traditional and non-traditional
courses such as animation, patient care, small
engine repair among others.
The teaching and training of such courses
opened up job opportunities on the North West
Peninsula, he said.
The names of those trained or retrained at
the centre would also be kept in a database and
information housed at the workforce assesment
centre where they can access job opportunities,
and after jobs are completed employers who
utilised the skills would be able to comment on
the person s skill.
The centre is scheduled to be opened next
Wednesday at 2 pm and Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley are among those expected to be in atten-
Karim said the centre should be completely
operational in one month s time.
...tanker unable to berth as HSE raises red flag
$1.5 million in losses
57 per cent enroll for
tertiary education in T&T
the liner. Petrotrin, in a response to an e-mail
from the Sunday Guardian, confirmed the ship
presence and its inability to dock when it arrived
on April 20.
"In light of the urgency presented by the con-
cerns raised by the employees, the company sought
the intervention of the OSH Agency to ensure that
the berth was safe for carrying out the necessary
operations," Gillian Friday, Petrotrin s communi-
cation manager said on Wednesday.
"On April 29, 2014, the OSH Inspector officially
gave Petrotrin clearance to proceed with berthing
of the vessel at number six berth," she added.
She said because of the contractual arrange-
ments, Petrotrin was in fact liable for the delays
incurred but could not give any further details.
The Sunday Guardian requested a redacted copy
of the contract---which would not contain any of
the financial arrangements between the company
and contractor---as most contracts do not hold
the company liable for force majeure incidences.
"In this scenario, Petrotrin is contractually liable
for delays. We are unable to provide any specific
details relative to the contract as we are bound
by confidentiality obligations. We are therefore
unable to provide a copy of the contract (redacted
or otherwise)," Friday said.
Friday said in addition to the equity crude pro-
duced by the local operations, Petrotrin does
import feedstock crude for the refinery saying
that the ship remained moored for an extended
period because of "some concerns raised by
employees and supported by their union repre-
sentatives delayed the berthing of the vessel."
Despite the unforeseen hiccup that led to the
delay and the losses, Friday said "scheduled
upgrade work and periodic inspections have been
taking place on number six berth" since January
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