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Grand Bahama Shipyard Resumes Operations

By ,   September 15, 2019 ,   Cruise Industry

On September 12, Grand Bahama Shipyard announced it had officially resumed operations and welcomed back the first commercial vessel, the 57,062 GT Agathonissos owned by Eletson, Greece, which returned to the shipyard to complete repair work which started before Hurricane Dorian arrived in The Bahamas.

The shipyard (in Freeport) also announced it remained on track for the next planned port call by Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, due to arrive on October 5. Grand Bahama Shipyard expects to service a total of 29 drydock refurbishment projects throughout the remainder of 2019, thus strongly supporting the country's recovery efforts with its 600+ employees.

Port of Freeport (Grand Bahama Island)

As a result of the hurricane, Grand Bahama Shipyard didn't suffer significant damages but only erosion with no effect on its ship docks. The yard is able to fully power its operations, including berths, administrative functions, workshops, communications infrastructure, also to produce freshwater. Its cafeteria is regularly providing meals to the workers.

With a strategic location along the main shipping routes, Grand Bahama Shipyard schedules around 85-100 drydocks per year, including more than 2 dozen major cruise ship drydocks.