PM tours Australian shipyards seeking best marine patrol vessels for T&T

Having completed his official visit to the People's Republic of China, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley arrived in Perth Australia on Sunday 20th May, 2018 to commence his working visit to that country, the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement Monday.

The delegation that traveled on to Australia with Prime Minister Rowley included Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Dennis Moses and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young.

Today, Prime Minister Rowley and his team met with executives of Austal Shipyards.

Austal is Australia’s major shipbuilder of aluminum vessels for civilian and military use and has supplied Coast Guard vessels to Trinidad and Tobago in the past.

The delegation also received a tour of the facility as well as some of the vessels made by the Austal.

The delegation was also able to view a presentation by the company detailing its ability to custom-build vessels to the specifications of the client and suitable for the conditions under which the vessel would be expected to perform.

Following the meeting with Austal, the delegation departed Perth for Sydney.

While in Sydney, Dr Rowley is scheduled to visit INCAT, another Australian shipbuilder in Tasmania.

Prime Minister Rowley and his team had also met with top executives of Liu Yuan Dockyards Ltd. in Shenzhen, China. The team also toured the company's Mazhou Island facility.

The Office of the Prime Minister said that Dr Rowley is exploring the possibility of a government to government relationship with the authorities in Australia with the aim of establishing effective border protection in Trinidad and Tobago and will also meet with the Export Financing Corporation (EFIC) while in Sydney.

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