Project Description

What company doesn’t have a ‘vision’ these days? But how many of those ‘visions’ are just cleverly arranged words, with no substance behind them?

PLIPDECO’s vision is all about action: it’s an approach that wins awards, and one that takes its teams out into the workplace every day to deliver flexibility, ingenuity and an unrivalled attention to detail.

In October 2019, the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited won the Port of the Year Award for Multi-Purpose Terminals at the Caribbean Shipping Association’s 49th AGM and Conference.

In October 2018, Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited won the Caribbean Shipping Association’s Port Dependability and Flexibility Award for the second consecutive year. That’s a clear reflection of PLIPDECO’s focus on processes and systems that work, on people who understand clearly their role – and follow it through – and on transparent, constant communication with all port users and stakeholders.

PLIPDECO’s quarterly Port Users’ Meetings are a great example of good communication and real transparency.

“Our emphasis is on the ease of doing business and on trade facilitation.”

“How would I sum up the Port and Industrial Estate? It is unique, and something really to be proud about. Our efficiency and flexibility of service are the key factors in making Point Lisas the best place for our tenants and customers.”

Ashley Taylor, President, PLIPDECO

Trinidad was an early signatory to the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force in 2017 – an indication that the country is open for business and focusing on trade improvement. That attitude is at the heart of PLIPDECO’s success story.

Point Lisas is in the Gulf of Paria, halfway down the west coast of Trinidad and about 20 km north of Venezuela. Thanks to its strategic location, the Port of Point Lisas is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Americas’ – on the doorstep of both North and South America, Point Lisas allows quick and easy shipping connections to all the major shipping routes.

PLIPDECO has a two-pronged responsibility: operating the Port of Point Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited Handbook 7 Detailed planning and constant communication ensure that PLIPDECO makes the best use of space at the Port. Lisas, which handles more than half of the country’s domestic cargo and 90% of its breakbulk cargo, and managing the 860-hectare Point Lisas Industrial Estate, where tenants’ operations include the world’s largest methanol plant, and the combined ammonia output makes Trinidad and Tobago the largest producer in the world.

Inevitably, among more than 100 international and national tenants on the Industrial Estate, operational success can be impacted by global market trends and challenges. For example, the closure of ArcelorMittal’s steel production facility was a blow – but negotiations are under way for a restart of the plant and there is plenty of room for optimism for its future operations.

Meanwhile, a number of tenants are investing in new and expanded facilities, from DeNovo’s new gas processing plant to Qualitec’s new Introduction 6 Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited Handbook welding, fabrication and storage facility for supporting downstream works in the oil and gas industry.

According to the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago, the major upstream operators have indicated that US$10 billion will be spent in Trinidad and Tobago in the next five years; PLIPDECO is well aware of the implications for investment and operations on the Industrial Estate.

In cargo handling, meanwhile, the ever-growing complexity of global supply chains offer both challenges and opportunities. Point Lisas already serves as a transhipment hub for the Caribbean and there is huge potential to serve more of Latin America in the same way.

PLIPDECO is investing in new warehousing space, specifically targeted at the various sectors on the Industrial Estate, the local retail sector, as well as the flow of cargo from the Far East, with opportunities to ‘add value’ through relabelling, reassembly and repacking of cargoes ready for onward shipping to other countries in the region.

Digitalisation is taking centre stage across the global and shipping sector, and PLIPDECO continues to make significant advances through the development of its own software and implementation of technology designed to smooth the flow of cargo and deliver seamless supply chains.

Demand is high, for industrial estate sites, for cargo handling and for warehousing, and expansion is clearly on the agenda. However, one essential fact remains; every single part of PLIPDECO’s operations and activities is underpinned by a total commitment to safety, security and protection of the environment.

It’s a commitment that goes far beyond PLIPDECO’s own operations; a highly focused environmental management and monitoring programme ensures that all of its tenants adhere to strict guidelines, to ensure the safety of everyone involved and to reinforce environmental requirements that are constantly benchmarked, analysed and updated to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Detailed planning and constant communication ensure that PLIPDECO makes the best use of space at the Port.

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