It yet more amazing stories to emerge following the devastating Hurricane that left the Bahamas with catastrophic damage. Workers at the Grand Bahamas Shipyard have stepped up to offer there overwhelming skills and technical know-how.
Grand Bahama Shipyard has partnered with the Grand Bahama Utility Company, Bahama Rock, Bahama Industrial Technologies (BIT) and other businesses to help accelerate the return of critical fresh-water services to businesses and residents in some sectors of Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian’s impact in early September.
As a result of the storm, Grand Bahama Utility Company suffered damage to its critical systems and has been working systematically on efforts to inspect, test, repair and restore all necessary equipment to resume regular water service from its plant, which extracts and purifies water from the well fields.
Understanding the importance of a consistent water supply for the community, Grand Bahama Shipyard – with the commitment of shareholders Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd and Grand Bahama Port Authority are assisting in providing power generation restoration to the utility, sending shipyard technicians to help recharge the water plant and pipes, and repairing and replacing electric motors and pumps, which is accelerating the return of water services.
Thanks to the assistance from Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahama Rock, BIT and others, we have been able to accelerate repairs to our equipment and start resuming basic services.
Grand Bahama Shipyard’s employees are supporting multiple recovery efforts, including the distribution of essential aid by The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), providing mobile light and power generation equipment to East Grand Bahama.
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The Shipyard also created a “flying squad” of shipyard volunteers to assist where needed, including a 40-person team sent to clean up and clear debris from six impacted schools, ensuring the buildings and classrooms are clean and safe for the return of students.
Last Thursday, with the arrival of its first commercial vessel for repair work, the shipyard announced it had resumed operations, and another vessel is expected this week. Planning remains on track for the next planned cruise ship dry-dock, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy, on October 5.