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Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO) Chairman,
Ian Atherly

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The Port of Point Lisas is often described as the ‘Gateway to the Americas’, thanks to our strategic location on the doorstep of both North and South America. The Point Lisas Industrial Estate is home to more than 100 national and international companies operating in the petro-chemicals, chemicals, oil & gas, power generation and allied sectors. They are there because of the vast resources of natural gas within easy reach of our shores. Geography has always been our strongest supporter. But at the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO), we take none of this for granted. Cargoes can go up and down; companies open, close or choose to relocate. We understand that in operating a Port and an Industrial Estate, we are to an extent in the ‘fallout business’.

The challenges faced by Trinidad and Tobago due to the declining economy and lower oil prices globally are also challenges faced by PLIPDECO. Any reduction in cargo volumes and in demand for goods and services inevitably is reflected in our bottom line. The closure of the ArcelorMittal Plant and the closure of Petrotrin’s refinery both have their impact.

But we remain optimistic and we must, and will, continue to plan and invest for the future. Our commitment to efficient, cost-effective, flexible and quality services will not waver.

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PLIPDECO: open for business,
ready for expansion

In its Port operations and on the Industrial Estate,
PLIPDECO’s focus is on efficiency and flexibility of service

PLIPDECO
facts and figures

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South of Port of Spain on Trinidad’s west coast
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1.75 nautical miles long, 152 metres wide, dredged depth 12.8 metres
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Two turning basins: 500 and 300 metres diameter, dredged to 12.8 metres
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Cargo volumes 2017: 234,487 metric tonnes general cargo; 162,498 TEUs 2018: 371,954 metric tonnes general cargo; 170,951 TEUs
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An 860-hectare Industrial Estate
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More than 100, national and international Tenants
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Dominated by petrochemical sector but with a variety of other businesses activities
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LCL Export and Import warehousing established, new 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse to open in 2019

Commitment to quality
across the board

PLIPDECO sets high standards in quality, environment and safety – for itself and for its tenants.

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The Caribbean’s most integrated industrial cluster

The Point Lisas Industrial Estate is home to more than 100 national and international companies.

•Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.

PLIPDECO employs 855 people directly across the Port and Industrial Estate.

•More than 12,000 people work on the Industrial Estate. l There are 7.8 kms of roadway on the Industrial Estate – all fully maintained by PLIPDECO.

•There are 9 kms of pipeline for each commodity.

•The Industrial Estate is home to seven methanol plants producing a total 6.5m tonnes per year –including the largest methanol plant in the world. Trinidad is one of the world’s largest producers of methanol.

•The combined production of the 11 ammonia plants on the Industrial Estate is 5.2m tonnes per year.

•The Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago produces 40m gallons of water per day at its plant on the Industrial Estate.

The Point Lisas Industrial Estate – did you know?

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Efficiency, planning and attention to detail

The Port handles a wide range of cargoes for the offshore oil and gas sector, as well as more than half of the country’s domestic cargo.

Operations and processes

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Operations and processes The smooth running of container flows through the Port of Point Lisas is based on a highly successful Navis Terminal Operating System (TOS), which has been tailored to the port’s needs and has recently been upgraded to N4.

A one-way, horseshoe-shaped system operates in the terminal and the entire process is controlled through Navis and the equipment are tracked using GPS technology.

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Focus on HSE

With a high concentration of hazardous materials and activities, stringent rules and regulations are in place.

A port that never stops

From equipment maintenance to berth refurbishments, careful planning ensures Port continuity.

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