Grand Bahama Shipyard Re-Opens For Operation After Hurricane Dorian.
|Grand Bahama Shipyard Re-Opens for Business (Photo Prior to Hurricane Dorian)|
Grand Bahamas Shipyard is the major shipyard capable of refits and major renovations for the cruise line industry. Its proximity to Florida and short trip from the northeast and Gulf of Mexico, makes it strategically located and helps to reduce the time required for a refit.
Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) reports that it has officially resumed operations, welcoming back its first commercial vessel, the 57,062-ton Agathonissos. Owned by Greece-based Eletson, it returned to the shipyard yesterday to complete repair work that began before Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas.
The shipyard, located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, says it remains on track for the next planned cruise ship visit, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, scheduled to arrive on October 5.
Grand Bahama Shipyard says damage it incurred in the storm was limited primarily to some erosion, with no effect on berths. The shipyard is able to fully power its core operations, including docks, workshops and administrative functions, as well as communications infrastructure.
“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.
Founded in 2000 by shareholders Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd, and Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Shipyard is a leader in dry-docking, afloat repairs, refurbishments refits and revitalization for vessels
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