HISTORY OF CREWS INN
ChagTerms (Trinidad) Limited (“ChagTerms”, formerly Chaguaramas Terminals Limited) owns and operates the official port of Chaguaramas, located at the former site of a bauxite transshipment station for the Aluminum Company of Canada (“Alcan”).
The Chaguaramas basinThe Chaguaramas basin was missing a full service hospitality institution to leverage off the scenic location. The only tourism based businesses were the various boat storage/launching facilities i.e. Power Boats Mutual Facilities Limited (“Power Boats”) and Island Properties Owners Association (“IPOA”). These were used to launch mainly small locally owned vessels, for the primary purpose of visiting the islands off the north-west peninsular.
Chaguaramas as a site for a hospitality business was ripe for development. In close proximity to a golf course as well as a beach (Macqueripe), as well as the nature trails, there were ancillary activities for guests to enjoy. Combined with the scenic location and access to other services like fishing, visiting the off shore islands (Gaspar Grande’s caves being an attraction, and well as Chacachacare being of historical interest with the former leper colony) made the site a compelling development project.
There was an increasing number of visiting foreign yachts, as a result of the Hurricane activity (Andrew) leading to Insurance companies granting lower premiums to vessels berthing 12 degrees latitude. The location of the land adjoining the Port and the waterfront, was a naturally sheltered habour suitable for a marina for foreign and local vessels. At the time, the facilities for visiting yachts were rudimentary and primarily catered just for local small vessels. To capitalise on the increasing arrivals of foreign vessels, it was decided to develop a premier marina facility which met the needs of the foreign/transient visiting vessels.