Two refurbished interceptors have been assigned to Tobago as the Ministry of National Security take steps to tighten the country's borders. Minister of National Security Stuart Young formally commissioned one of these vessels at the Charlottesville Jetty on Wednesday.
He said the interceptors, the larger Deamon vessel and a radar system will be used to improve security along T&T's borders.
"These two interceptors are the first of 14 the Ministry of National Security intends to refurbish for use by the country's Coast Guard and it is critical that we get the other twelve interceptors up and running, that we will be facilitating the North Coast, on the south coast as well as the Gulf," Young said
He added: "The situation seems to be worsening Venezuela and as a result of that we have a lot of immigration issues but if we can secure the Gulf area to prevent persons from coming in that would be better for us."
According to the minister, the interceptors are ideal for treating with piracy and other illegal activities. He said his ministries currently working on ensuring the E999 centre is fully operational.
"We are working to have the technology so that anybody anywhere in Trinidad and Tobago, or even on our seas once it's in our territorial waters, can call the E999 and their call will be directed to the necessary responsive body."
The two interceptors in Tobago will be stationed off Charlotteville and Scarborough.