(CMR) The Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) took possession of two new custom-built Ford F550 trucks to support their operations on Friday, 29 April.
Commandant of the CICG, Commander Robert Scotland, received delivery of the two trucks at the CICG base in Newlands from Vampt Motors' Mr. Adam Lawson, who has been working closely with the Coast Guard to manage the custom build and delivery of the heavy-duty vehicles.
“Up until this point, we had been making do with trucks that were not entirely fit for purpose, so we are thrilled to receive these new vehicles which meet our specific needs and requirements,” said Lieutenant Commander Leo Anglin, who was the project manager for this acquisition.
With the assistance of the Director of DVES, Mr. Stephen Quinland, and Mr. Lawson, the vehicles were carefully considered to ensure they balance the needs of the CICG while also delivering value on the investment.
Components that will offer the most extended operational life possible and can be maintained locally on the island were chosen.
One vehicle, the Ford 550 Tow Body, can tow over 30,000 LBS, which allows for the safe trailering of vessels on the public roads.
The second Ford F550 is a service body truck with a crane, air compressor, and welding plant that allows the CICG to be more self-sufficient in terms of repairs, vessel recoveries, and unforeseen breakdowns.
“These new vehicles will greatly enhance our capability to move our vessels quickly and safely around the island, and we are looking forward to putting them into service immediately,” said Commander Scotland.