I worked down there for a while. Taking the ship down is not bad, flying to Port of Spain can be an experience. There seems to only be a couple airlines that go down there now. United has a couple flights a day from Houston. American has one or two a day that go out of Miami. I have flown both, bring your own food, because they do not even provide a bag of peanuts on either airline. Jet Blue has a flight from Port of Spain to Washington or maybe New York, the guys that flew that route seemed to have better luck. Caribbean air also goes to Miami but then you have to change airlines to a domestic carrier. Seemed much better than the United or American airlines flights.
Once you get on the ground customs is the worst place I have ever seen, expect 1 1/2 to 2 hours most times just to clear customs at the airport. Make sure your company gives you a work visa in writing before you go. Or have a letter stating you are in transit to a ship and not actually working in Trinidad. If you don’t have either of those expect another hour in customs explaining why you are there and to have to pay a 67 dollar visa waiver fee on the spot. You better have the cash with you.
If you take anything camouflage they will take it from you at the airport, even a do rag is a no no. Expect a fine based on the amount of camo you got taken away.
Most of the hotels are very nice, the people a kind of friendly, but as stated above don’t venture out alone at night.
The local labor are generally pretty good, some of the best motorman and electricians I have ever worked with come from there. The local labor is all union and supplied through a hiring agency Buxo TT. If you have a problem they are easily replaced with a call to Buxo. Food is hit and miss. We had one very good camp boss on our rig, and another that was a waste of breathing air for the rest of the people. I do suggest to lock up all your personal belongings. 90 percent of the time there was no problems. We did have one entire crew that got fired for stealing, they were actually going through peoples rooms while they were on watch and helping there self’s. This was only one crew and since we could never pin point the actually culprit the OIM fired the entire bunch.
Trinidad is not bad, way better than most any place in west Africa, but no where where as good as eastern Europe.