The Guyana National Industrial Company’s (GNIC) origin may be traced to the 1840’s when the facility commenced operations under the ownership of a Messrs Hugh Sprostons, a Private Entrepreneur as a Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Company. In 1976, the facility was then owned by ALCAN nationalized, becoming Guyana National Engineering Corporation Limited (GNECL), a State owned company. On November 1, 1995 the company was privatized by the leasing of the infrastructural facilities and the compulsory acquisition of other Plant and Machinery under Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated.
The company can be categorized as a Mini Industrial Conglomerate with the following as its major product lines and services:
GNIC is strategically located on a 66,368 sq. m of land in Georgetown on the Left Bank of theDemerara River approximately 1.2Km from the Atlantic Ocean. The Company is owned by:
“To optimize all business potentials in areas of Engineering, Manufacturing and Shipping for the benefit of our Customers, Employees, Shareholders, the communities in which we serve and the entire Guyanese Nation.”
Marine Transportation is by far the more economical means for the efficient movement of commodities in the international arena. Guyana’s economic development is inextricably linked to its trade competitiveness which in turn is largely dependent on the standards and efficiency of the Maritime Transportation Sector.
GNIC’s short and medium term plans will therefore continue to be centered around provision of Maritime Services which has been its core business from the inception.
Greater participation in community development and contribution to poverty alleviation.
Wharf Operations i.e Handling of both Containerized and Break Bulk Cargo for all the Sectors AND Inland Intermodal Transportation Logistics Services for Containerized and Break Bulk Cargo Imports and Exports
Fields of Specialization and areas of Expertise
The Port Facility operates a cargo solicitation service on behalf of a number of shipping companies and can receive or dispatch cargo to a number of locations worldwide. We are agents and/or Terminal Operators for the following Shipping Lines:
Scope of Agency and Husbandry Services
These activities are primarily concerned with facilitating a vessel’s call, stay, and departure at/from Port Georgetown, Port New Amsterdam or any other safe port/berth within Guyana and include:
These include the berthing/unberthing of vessels, loading /offloading of cargo, storage and delivery/receipt of cargo; and transportation logistics for the movement of cargo from ship to terminal and vice versa.
Stevedoring Services are provided by a team of twenty two seasoned stevedores (12 Labourers; 4 Gangway men; 4 Winchmen; 2 Foremen) working two (2) gangs on a 24 hour basis (i.e. 07:00 h – 15:00 h; 15:00 h – 23:00 h; 23:00 h – 03:00 h; 03:00 h – 07:00 h) seven (7) days a week, and are engaged from 07:00 h and 15:00 h daily. Additional gangs can be provided on request.
Marine Equipment Rental Service:
Tugs and barges are available for rental on a minimum four (4) hour charge basis. Daily rental rates are usually applied to longer engagements.
Inland Transportation & Logistics Services:
A fleet of owned and hired haulers, container chassis, flatbed and low-bed trailers, tugs and barges is used to provide road and water transportation for the delivery/receipt of containerized, break-bulk and project cargo to/from far away inland locations within Guyana.
Ship Chartering and Management Services:
Managers for cement carrier, M.V. “Naftocement IV” under charter to Trinidad Cement Limited for 24 months to transport approx. 80,000 MT of bulk cement, annually, from Trinidad and Barbados to a Cement Bagging Plant in Georgetown, Guyana, and to other facilities around the Caribbean.
Installed Capacity – Infrastructural Facilities
The main features of GNIC’s Port Facility are:
Installed Capacity – Equipment
|Haulers (Articulated Trucks)||10||300-370 bhp|
|Container Chassis||79||63 x 20’ & 26 x 40’|
|Forklift Trucks||5||3 x 2T; 1 x 5T; 1 x 8T|
|Cranes (Crawler – P&H)||2||20 Tons|
|Cranes (Crawler – Lorain)||1||90 Tons|
|Trailers (Low bed)||2||1 x 50T; 1 x 30T|
|Trailers (Flat bed)||5||3 x 40’; 2 x 30’|
|Tugs||2||235 bhp & 1100 bhp|
|Bobcat||1||0.9 T; Bkt: 0.38 Cu M|
|Pick-up Trucks||1 Ton|
Fields of Specialization and Areas of Expertise
To date the Shipyard has constructed and delivered a total of approximately one hundred and twenty-five (125) Ships, approximately twenty (20) of these Vessels were built for overseas owners from the Caribbean and the rest of South America.
i) Northern Drydock (Graving)
Length Overall 79.60 meters
Width at Dock Gate 11.50 meters
Width at Centre of Dock 13.55 meters
Depth over Sill 3.35 meters
This Drydock is used for both new construction and repair work
ii) Southern Drydock ( Graving)
Length Overall 62.55 meters
Width of Entire Dock 14.00 meters
Depth Over Sill 3.05 meters
This Drydock is primarily used for the Docking and repair of Ships.
iii) Main Slipway
Effective Length 120 metre
Effective Width 22.3 meters
iv) Outfitting Quay for New and Repair Work
Effective length 200 meters
Mobile cranes: A total of two (2) 1 x 45 tons and 1 x 10 tons capacities.
Overhead Cranes: A total of two (2) with capacities varying from 1-1/2 and 5 tons.
a) Machine Shop
An equipped facility inclusive of Lathes Milling, Machines, Boring Mills, Surface Grinders, Cylindrical and Crankshaft Grinders Sharpeners, Planers, Drilling and Honing Machines.
b) Inside and Marine Outfitting Shop
Staffed with trained personnel who trouble shoot all types of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, rebuild compressors, pump, motors, cylinder heads and valves as required
c) Fabrication Shop
Fabrication Facilities include Plate Roll, Shears and Guillotines, Flanging and Bending Machines, all types of welding processes, Blacksmith Forges, Power Hammers and other auxiliary equipment.
Welding equipment includes over thirty (30) Welding Machines of varying types, both Portable and Stationary ranging between 200 to 600 ampere capacity. Complete oxyacetylene sets are also available for shop or field work.
d) Electrical Shop
Equipped with trained personnel and specialist tools to trouble shooting and repair control and alarm system. AC and DC Electric Motors, Switch Gears, Generating and Distribution Equipment and to design and effect wiring installation on board vessels.
e) Refrigeration Shop
Equipped to repair, maintain and overhaul Freon and Amonia Refrigeration System, as well as all types of Air-conditioning Equipment or components, including Compressors, Evaporators, Coolers and Valves. Capable of designing and installing New systems as and when required.
f) Allied Trade Shop
Fully equipped and specialist Wood Working Machines and uses both local and foreign woods for Carpentry, Outfitting of Ship’s accommodations. Has access to a spacious Mould Loft and adequate Mould Lofting Tools for the production of accurate Profile Templates. This shop is also staffed with Trained Riggers and Painters and the latter named persons are capable of applying paint via Spray, Roller and Conventional Hand Brush methods.
g) Container Repairs
We can also undertake repairs to Dry and Refrigerated Containers. (On site)
The Projects Division specializes in Industrial and Infrastructural Construction activities and had developed quite a reputation and significant presence in the local market place. The experience gained over those years, working independently or collectively with a number of major international companies (through sub-contracting and other collaborative efforts) have given GNIC a capability to undertake major works in the following areas:
Rehabilitation and/or Erection of Industrial Plants in-situ.