With its five-year Local Content Master Plan approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Western Logistics Guyana aims to expand its human resource capacity by some 1,000 Guyanese.
According to its Operations Director, Pradeep Ramoutar, the locally owned and operated logistics firm is looking to hire at least 200 Guyanese to work offshore every year, for five years.
Western was the first logistics company to receive its approval.
“We wanna hire as much Guyanese as possible to maintain capacity for our clients and we are very close to achieving that target,” he shared with OilNOW. “We did not put too high a target – we put something conservative because we know we can achieve it. With the new floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSOs) vessels coming, there will be in an influx of supply vessels that require more manpower.”
The company has been operating in Guyana since 2017. Western’s service offerings include ground transport, immigration/work permit services, custom brokerage, chandlery services for ships and rigs, warehousing, procurement, and even medical services.
Ramoutar noted that the company received its Local Content Certification back in June but now, with its Master Plan approved, it will be able to build on its stellar record. While Western supports major Tier One and Tier Two Contractors, Ramoutar noted that it also supports close to 200 local enterprises.
“Our five-year plan is indicative of where we are going and [it shows] we are not going alone. We are taking other small and medium scale businesses that span from Region Two to Region Six,” he shared.
The company also works closely with its sister company – Pandora Energy; the approved five-year Master Plan also covers it as well.
Western’s big clients include the Belgian Jan De Nul – a major partner in the massive Vreed-en-Hoop Shore Base being constructed on the West Bank of Demerara. The company currently has eight vessels in the country conducting dredging activities in the Demerara River for the project.