Probe underway into Dutch Company  deal with 1.3B Coast guard Contract

Probe underway into Dutch Company deal with 1.3B Coast guard Contract

A massive probe is continuing into allegations of corruption and kickbacks in a billion dollar deal to support coast guard vessels to Trinidad and Tobago under the People’s Partnership government.

Damen Shipyards Group based.in the Netherlands ,operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards. Damen offers a wide range of tugs, workboats, patrol vessels and is at the center of the investigation and hired by the Kamla Persad-­Bissessar administration to supply Coast Guard vessels to Trinidad and Tobago costing TT$1.358 billion.

The investigation described as very sensitive, has so far implicated public officials from T&T, Barbados and the Bahamas as ­receiving kickbacks to ensure the contract was approved.

It is not the first time Damen shipyard has found itself under investigation. In 2017, Dutch investigators raises the Company as part of a criminal probe into another foreign bribery case,

The Bermuda and Barbados governments are also said to be providing ­assistance.

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