First ship dry docks at Grand Bahama Shipyard following Hurricane Dorian

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Progressing towards a return to normal operations, the Grand Bahama Shipyard has dry-docked its first vessel since Hurricane Dorian. The category-five hurricane hit the Bahamas in September 2019.

The Taipei Trader (pictured), a container ship operated by Lomar Shipping, docked at the yard on 25 August 2019 for routine maintenance, including propulsion and thruster maintenance, and for a protective coating application. The vessel had to be undocked on 30 August as the shipyard made its hurricane preparations. The ship returned to the No. 3 dock at the shipyard on 30 September for a continuation of maintenance and repairs, to be completed in October 2019.

The shipyard had previously announced the return of the 57,062-tonne Agathonissos owned by Greece-based Eletson, which is currently at the pier completing repair work that had started prior to the storm.

The schedule remains on track for the next planned cruise ship, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, to dry dock at the shipyard on 5 October 2019.

“We are grateful to our dedicated team members at Grand Bahama Shipyard, whose hard work has made it possible for us to quickly resume dry-dock operations and continue to serve our important maritime clients,” said David Skentelbery, CEO of Grand Bahama Shipyard. “This dry dock is another important recovery milestone for the shipyard and the community, which will continue to see positive economic activity from the shipyard’s ongoing operations and resultant benefit to the island.”

The shipyard’s employees have contributed both to recovery efforts at Grand Bahama Shipyard and to recovery in their community; working to restore fresh water services, assisting The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency in the distribution of essential aid, providing mobile light and power generating equipment to East Grand Bahama, and creating “flying squads” of shipyard volunteers to assist island neighbours with clean-up, including a 40-person team that helped clear debris from seven schools impacted by the hurricane.

Founded in 2000 by shareholders Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Shipyard specialises in dry docking, afloat repairs, refurbishments refits and revitalisations for vessels from the cruise, commercial and offshore segments. The shipyard schedules 85-100 dry docks each year, including more than two dozen major cruise ship dry docks annually.

Image: Carnival Corporation

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