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SHIPPING & PORTS

"The yard has three dry docks, capable of docking vessels up to 82,500 tons."
-Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

Cruising
to the Top
WITH ITS LOCATION,
GRAND BAHAMA SHIPYARD HAS BECOME THE
LARGEST CARIBBEAN
CRUISE SHIPYARD.
>GRAND BAHAMA SHIPYARD LIMITED

Located 93 miles east of Miami, the
island of Grand Bahama is located on
key shipping routes from Europe into
the Americas, into the Gulf of Mexico,
and throughout the Caribbean. In recent
years, the expansion of the Panama Canal has increased traffic of large cruise
and commercial vessels as well. And of
course, the Bahamas have always been
a key destination for the cruise industry
as ships sail back and forth from Florida
to the Port of Freeport.
As a result, all of these factors have
contributed to tremendous growth
for Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited
(GBSL). The shipyard has enjoyed a
huge surge in repairing vessels for both
the cruise and the oil and gas industries,
with additional repair and maintenance
also being done on commercial vessels.
Cruise Industry Origins
The origins of the shipyard can be traced
to the late 1990s, just as the cruise
industry was in expansion mode. Cruise
ship companies started looking for more
convenient alternatives to shipyards in
Europe to dock their ships for upgrades
and repairs.
Royal Caribbean International and
Florida-based Carnival Cruise lines
decided to partner up and find a suitable
location. Ultimately, Royal and Carnival
partnered with the Grand Bahama Port

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// GBSL has more than 57,000 square
feet of workshop space to allow for onsite work projects.

Authority to run the shipyard in 2001.
Since that time, GBSL has grown from a
single dry dock to its current expanded
state of three dry docks, a pier and fully
serviced wharf. "The yard has three dry
docks, capable of docking vessels up to
82,500 tons," the company says. "The
shipyard has over 57,000 square feet of
workshop space to accommodate onsite work projects."
Over the course of its lifetime, more
than $200 million has been invested
by the joint partnership in upgrades to
the facility, which now stands as the
largest cruise ship repair facility in the
Caribbean. And while the shipyard is
consistently booked, 2017 has seen a
significant influx of cruise ships.
The company says it will complete
work on 10 cruise vessels alone within
the first quarter 2017. "This includes
significant propulsion and technical
systems overhauls, as well as hull
treatment, accommodations and public
spaces upgrades, and the addition of
onboard attractions," the company says.
This influx of activity comes on the
heels of 2016, which had a total of 49
commercial vessels in its docks for

repairs. According to GBSL, it has a
healthy order book with docking periods
booked as far as three years in advance.
Strong Capabilities
Over the course of its life, GBSL has
developed a stellar reputation for
delivering quality work on time. The
element of time is crucially important
as every minute ships are out of water
costs significant money to their owners.
As a result, GBSL has crews that work
24 hours a day to complete tasks. Upgrades were made in 2016, including the
purchase of new machinery and tooling
was added to workshop capabilities,
according to the company.
The upgrades have allowed the
shipyard to complete tasks as varied
as overhauling propellers or installing
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited
www.grandbahamashipyard.com
Headquarters: Freeport, Grand
Bahama, Bahamas
Specialty: Refurbishment of cruise,
commercial and offshore vessels
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