Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) plans to ship on an ongoing basis several tonnes of cement to hurricane-torn Grenada but, to meet the immediate needs of the population, some $20,000 worth of foodstuff was shipped yesterday on the MV Future. Communications Manager Michelle La Chapelle was at the TCL docks at Claxton Bay to supervise the loading of the foodstuff and other supplies for distribution in Grenada. Among the items were bottled water, tinned foods, rice, diapers, mattresses and clothes.
La Chapelle said: "What you are seeing here is the effort of the company employees and, as soon as reconstruction work starts on the island, we will be sending raw cement on an ongoing basis." She said it was too early to state the quantity of cement the company would be shipping from its plants at Claxton Bay and Barbados. La Chapelle said the company suffered minor damage when Hurricane Ivan passed through the plant in Rockfort, Jamaica, over the weekend. "The full extent of the damage has not yet been ascertained," she said.