Nov 4, 2020

Inside Trinidad and Tobago’s Maritime Landscape

supply chain
InvesTT
Maritime
Manufacturing
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Inside Trinidad and Tobago’s Maritime Landscape
Business Chief North America explores Trinidad and Tobago’s Maritime services...

Trinidad and Tobago’s robust maritime infrastructure, strategic geographic location, specialised value chain and ecosystem offer the right environment for your commercial maritime operations or leisure marine activities.

There are several key benefits to investing in Trinidad and Tobago. The country’s natural and safe harbour makes it an ideal location for the storage of ships. This could be particularly useful to oil and gas services companies during periods of a business slowdown. The country seeks to expand the lay-up activities in Trinidad and Tobago as per the government legal, institutional and administrative framework.

The calm waters of the Gulf is a prime location for organisations that seek to transship raw materials from South American countries such as Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana to European and Asian markets. The Port Offshore transshipment facility transfers ore and bulk cargo to North America and China. There are a number of ship repair facilities located in Trinidad, including one dry dock facility with a lifting capacity of 23,000 metric tonnes and an overall length of 230 meters.

Offshore Ship Transshipment Port

Trinidad and Tobago is regarded as one of the world’s biggest destinations for ship storage and lay-ups as a result of naturally sheltered and deep harbour, hurricane safety record and developed infrastructure and support mechanisms. There are opportunities in transshipment for companies that are engaged in the commodities industry in South America and are experiencing considerable issues getting ores and other minerals to destination markets.

The set up of a ship to ship transfer operation within the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad and Tobago and Ship Lay-Ups for vessels temporarily idle as a result of a lack of cargo. The opportunities in ship layups includes cold lay-up, which is suitable for vessels up to five years out of service and warm lay-up, which is suitable for vessels up to twelve months out of service. This is primarily due to insufficient and aging port infrastructure and fluctuating river drafts that makes it almost impossible to load large vessels in other locations.

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May 12, 2021

How innovation is transforming government

United States Air Force
Leidos
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Leidos is a global leader in the development and application of technology to solve their customers’ most demanding challenges.

According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.

Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.

The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.

“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”

That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.

To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”

“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”

 

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