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Over the years, the name E.C. Vieira Investments Ltd. has become renowned throughout Guyana and even in the Caribbean for its extensive ship repair services. The company, which started as a shrimp trawling business in 1981, has done a large number of repairs in the Caribbean on vessels weighing up to 2000 tons light ship displacement.

According to its Managing Director, Edmond Vieira, the past 25 years has seen the company offering dry docking of vessels and barge building. In terms of staff, he said that although E.C. Vieira Investments has remained about the same size, the company has seen an increase in efficiency.

Vieira disclosed that the company employs the largest number of steel workers in the country. He said, “We have over 100 skilled welders, burners and fabricators and can deploy 50 welders under production at any time.” He said that the company also has the capabilities to lift some of the largest vessels in Guyana.

E.C. Vieira Investments Ltd.’s exemplary track record has afforded it the opportunity of working for major international companies. For instance, for over two decades, the company has carried out works for Boskalis, a Dutch company, which is one of the world’s largest dredging companies.

In addition, it has worked with Danish dredging company, Rohde Nielsen, and has also completed several projects for JP Knight, a British tug and barge company.

Regarding plans for the future and apart from providing ship repair services, Vieira is looking to expand into land preparation for storage, warehousing, rental and supplying office space, while exploring other ventures. And with the greater financial potential of government with oil on stream, Vieira expects that more money will be pumped into the maintenance of the marine sector.

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Business Features · Issue 30

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