Carib upgrades, modernises


One of the three new modernised 74 foot fermenting tanks purchased by Carib Brewery Limited 


Carib Brewery Ltd will be embarking on one of its largest projects today—moving three fermenting tanks, each 24-feet in height, from the port of Port-of-Spain to its Champs Fleurs brewery. This huge project which will take place between the hours of 6 am to 2 pm might involve temporary disconnection of electricity and landline telephones.

In an interview at Carib Brewery Ltd, Champs Fleurs on Friday, the company’s brewing operations manager, Ian Forbes, said while transporting the 74-foot long tanks riding 24 feet high, the utility lines would have to be either lifted or removed as the tanks are much higher than the lines.

“This is a very intricate and long process, which would include a convoy of 30 vehicles with police out-riders, Telecommunications Services of T&T, T&T Electricity Commission, Flow Trinidad, Alliance, 360 Communications and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to ensure the smooth running of the operation,” he said.

“It involves taking receipt of the tanks from the port, moving it to the brewery with minimal inconvenience to the T&T public.” Forbes said the tanks are expected to arrive at the brewery between 2 pm to 3 pm, once the weather permits. The convoy will travel via Wrightson Road onto the Beetham Highway and then to the Priority Bus Route (PBR) to the brewery where a 300 tonne crane with a boom extension of 200 feet would be waiting to carefully lift each tank over the wall from the bus route onto the compound, where it would be installed.

Forbes said these tanks were very critical to the improvement of its operation, as Carib is seeking to upgrade and modernise its plant to become more efficient and competitive. He explained the tanks which cost about $3 million each and are used for beer production were specially constructed in Germany and were shipped to Belgium then to Trinidad. 

He said the purchase and installation of these tanks are the culmination of a six-month planning process and phase two of the company’s $50 million expansion and modernisation project. The tanks, he said, are a great benefit to the company. “They are all stainless steel and cleanable, meet the criteria of international specifications, pre-tested and would assist in greater quality control.”


Trinidad Guardian
May 20, 2012