[www.inewsguyana.com] – Since 2009, Zhan Go Ho – a Chinese company – has been involved in small scale logging but after receiving their concession for logging decided to make their work easier with the building of a ship.
On Monday, December 23, business couple Teacy Su and Suzhirong Su invited Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn to tour their ship yard facility at Coverden, East Bank Demerara where they also built a ship for the ferrying of logs out of the Berbice River.
The company said that while the ship which they are yet to put final touches on will be for its personal use, companies who are interested in having their own vessels can approach with their specifications and designs and those will be built to order with materials from China.
The cost to construct the boat inclusive of materials and the cost for the preparing of the boat yard came up to a total of US$8 million.
Speaking with the media following the tour, Treacy Su informed that the idea of building small ships in Guyana was on the cards for a while now but there were some logistics which had to be worked out.
Already there are some companies which have expressed an interest.
Meanwhile in his remarks, Transport Minister Robeson Benn expressed confidence in the Chinese company. Additionally, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in his remarks also expressed satisfaction that vessels such as the powered barge can be built right here which reduces the time of shipping and other logistics which are known to affect the timely delivery of such resources.
One of the men working at the facility has been working in ship yards in China for well over thirty years, it was noted.
The vessel has been made with half inch steel plates. The logs which are to be ferried by the vessel will be done above deck. (Leroy Smith)