PortandTerminal.com, September 14, 2019
Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has officially resumed operations and welcomed back its first commercial vessel following Hurricane Dorian.
FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – A large shipyard on Grand Bahama has reopened two weeks after Hurricane Dorian’s devastation, helping to revive business on the storm-damaged island. There is enough work through the end of the year for more than 600 employees who repair cruise and cargo ships.
The 57,062-ton crude oil tanker Agathonissos, owned by Greece-based Eletson, returned to the yard to complete repair works that began before the hurricane arrived in the Bahamas earlier this month.
Grand Bahama Shipyard sustained no significant damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian. The shipyard is able to fully power its core operations, including docks, workshops and administrative functions, as well as communications infrastructure. The shipyard is also able to produce fresh water and its cafeteria is currently feeding meals to hundreds of workers daily.
“It was extremely important to get up and running as quickly as possible and begin taking in vessels to help support the employees and families at the shipyard, along with economic contributions and rebounding activity for the island,” said David Skentelbery, CEO of Grand Bahama Shipyard. “This is a significant sign of positive progress for the island, and we look forward to continuing our normal operations while also supporting the Bahamian recovery with direct support, including to island utilities, along with increased economic activity from our operations, and also from the industry’s collective efforts to support The Bahamas with immediate and long-term relief.”
The shipyard also said it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5th.
In total, Grand Bahama Shipyard expects to service 29 dry-dockings throughout the remainder of the year.
The shipyard said that the damage from the storm was limited primarily to some erosion with no effect on berths, adding that it is able to fully power its core operations, including docks, workshops and administrative functions, as well as communications infrastructure.
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