In 2017, NIDCO procured the services of Arun Buch and Associates Limited to develop conceptual designs for the proposed facility. An Application for a Certificate of Environmental Clearance was also submitted to the EMA in December 2017.
In 2018, NIDCO obtained the final Terms of Reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment. NIDCO and also procured the services of consultants to undertake the Environmental Impact Assessment as well as Geotechnical Surveys.
In 2019, NIDCO intends to complete the geotechnical surveys and the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project.
The socio-economic benefits of the establishment of a fast ferry port are varied and significant and will enable sustained development of the region on a large scale. This project will aid in the thrust of the Government towards diversification of the economy.
The marina and hotel facilities will encourage development of the tourism sector in north east Trinidad. The project will provide a more efficient inter island ferry service between Trinidad and Tobago thereby ensuring connectivity and reliability as Toco would be the new gateway to Tobago.
The travel time between Toco and Tobago is estimated to be 45 minutes, resulting in less fuel used for vessels for this journey in comparison to the fuel consumption for the Port of Spain to Tobago sailing. Significant savings will therefore accrue to the Government.
Businesses in the communities of Toco and environs will benefit economically from increased number of persons visiting the community.
Final Design Subject to Change *
On Monday 16th December, 2019, a Public Consultation was held at the Toco Regional Complex to present the findings of the ongoing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A presentation was made by the Project Manager of NIDCO and representatives of the EIA Consultant, ERM. Please see ABOVE link for presentation.