NIDCO seeking proposals for construction of new inter-island cargo vessel

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NIDCO seeking proposals for construction of new inter-island cargo vessel

It seems that Trinidad and Tobago may be getting a brand new inter-island cargo ferry in operation come 2027.

The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has launched a Request for Proposals for the construction of a new monohull inter-island cargo vessel.

The RFP, launched on Monday says the finished vessel must be delivered by December 2026.

The deadline for proposals is May 10, 2024.

The RFP says the vessel will be used primarily for inter-island travel but may be called upon to do an international voyage. The ship must have “200 VIP recliner seats with footrests and tray tables” with 40 en-suite passenger cabins and crew cabins for a maximum of 24 persons.

The vessel will carry trucks, trailers, construction equipment and should have an area to suitably store dangerous cargo, all in compliance with the Trinidad and Tobago Shipping Act.