Grand Bahama Shipyard said it enjoyed a busy 2016, performing repairs, refurbishments and retrofits on vessels from all segments of the commercial maritime industry
The Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) worked on 49 commercial vessels and 20 cruise ships
throughout 2016, with scope of works ranging from major steel fabrication and repairs, to engine and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment and tank cleanings.
And looking to 2017 and beyond, the yard reports it has a healthy order book, with docking periods secured as far ahead as three years.
Container/Bulk Carrier/RoRo Segment:
VShips USA brought two bulk carriers, CSL Acadian and CSL Argosy, to GBSL to do tank cleaning on both vessels. CSL Acadian also received extensive pipe work.
Wihelmsen Ship Management docked two containerships in May, Seaboard Atlantic and Seaboard Patriot. A third vessel from Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Seaboard Sun, received extensive hull treatment work during a 26-day dry docking in June.
Harren Ship Management GmbH docked three vessels, CFS Pagola a containership, and two cargo vessels CFS Panavera and CFS’ Pafilla all in June, for general dry dock maintenance services and complete hull treatment.
Polska Zegluga Morska signed a fleet agreement for six bulk carriers to be overhauled in 2016/2017. Regalica was among the first vessels in dry dock mid-October post Hurricane Matthew, followed by Narew in November for similar work. General repairs will be completed on the remaining four bulk carriers beginning January 2017.
Other owner/operators of containerships, RoRo and bulk carriers included:
- Southern Ship Management Co - Chacabuco, containership for major hull treatment in March
- Sealift - Captain Spencer, containership received complete tank and hull treatment, complete repainting of vessel and markings.
- Thomas Schulte Ship Management - Bomar Reslient, containership had main engine repair in July
- Anglo-Eastern Ship Management - Treasure, bulk carrier received GBSL fabricated and installed steel work.
- Vega Reederei GmbH - Vega Sagittarius, containership’s work period included the refitting of propellers and tailshafts.
- Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH Co - Stadt Gera, extensive month long dry dock period to container ship.
- Baleria Eurolineas Maritimas - Juame I, passenger/RoRo vessel in for dd maintenance services to water, electrical power and phone systems. Complete hull in June
- Atlantica de Navegacion - Emprendodora freighter RoRo emergency docking. Work included steel work followed by complete hull treatment.
- OSM Ship Management - Viking Princess, vehicle carrier in November
- Greathorse Shipping Ltd. - Tiger Pioneer, bulk carrier in November
- Fleet in SA - Grey Shark, RoRo cargo ship in November
- Hartmann Dry Cargo Co. - Frissia Lisabon, containership in November
Crowley, a long-time customer, dry docked three vessels, Barge Jacksonville, Barge 650-1, with tug Pacific Reliance all in for extensive three week or more docking periods to provide classification work including steel work and complete hull treatment.
Sviter was supported by GBSL in dry docking three tugs in 2016, namely the Svitzer Grand Bahama, Svitzer Nassau and Svitzer Lucaya. all received general dry dock maintenance services, hull treatment and works to propulsion systems.
Smit-Lloyd Antilles’ Smit Inesta barge received steel repair and complete cargo tank cleaning.
Solvang ASA operated tankers’ Clipper Victory and Clipper Sirius both dry docked for general dry dock maintenance along with steel repairs followed by hull treatment this summer.
Transport Desganges Inc. docked two tankers: Espada Desganges in May for an extensive 23 dry dock period which included hull treatment, general dry dock maintenance services, and pipe replacement; and Laurentia Desgagnes followed in September for significant work namely hull treatment, general dry dock maintenance services, and pipe replacement during its 22-day dry dock period.
Seabulk Tankers, Inc. operated tanker Seabulk Arctic was docked for a 20-day dry dock period where the following works were performed: general dry docking service and hull treatments with extensive pipe work and steel work were carried out throughout the vessel. This was all completed in a very short dry dock period utilizing over 564 of GBSL skilled work force.
Other notable tanker projects were:
- OSG Ship Management Overseas Tampa for Scheduled Classification Certification Maintenance in February.
- Univan Ship Management Bomar Haumea in February.
- Coastal Shipping Ltd. Travestern replaced 419 kg of Grade A Steel on 8 Ballast Tanks in May.
- V Ships’ Iblea, the third vessel this year for V Ships, replace Grade A Steel on 8 Ballast Tanks in June.
- Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping’s vessel the Coral Sea was moored at wet berth for steel repairs in four ballast tanks. This was among the first repairs post Hurricane Matthew in October
- Singapore-based, Executive Ship Management Dreggen was docked for general maintenance, the installation of a ballast water treatment system, sea valve overhaul, main engine work, pipe fabrication for multiple systems and complete hull treatment during August.
- Roswell Tankers Corp. Aquila was docked for routine maintained and received complete hull treatment process in September.
- Chronos Shipping Co Ltd Asphalt Star asphalt/bitumen tanker received comprehensive hull treatment along with main engine overhaul and bilge tank repairs in September.
- ST Management SAS Chassiron attended the yard for water ballast tank steel replacement, extensive pipe work on deck and engine room systems, hull blasting and coating, extensive HFO tank cleaning, and overhaul to starboard forced draft fan motor.
- Thorme Ship Management Iver Blessing in November.
Western Geco Geco Diamond research vessel general maintenance in January.
Jan De Nul Group THSD Filippo Brunelleschi a trailing suction hopper dredger in November for general maintenance and starboard propeller hub and shaft seals were exchanged, and steel work.
Subsea 7 Seven Oceans pipe layer in December for general maintenance, steel work, upgrade work to lay system and ramp upgrades.
“To meet the needs of our customers, we are dedicated to continual upgrades to our yard, and our services,” said GBSL VP Sales and Marketing, Graham Couser.
“In 2016 significant investments included facility upgrades and purchasing of new machinery and tooling adding to our workshops’ capabilities. We have further expanded our facility with capital improvements to the North Beach Wharf. Plans are afoot in 2017 for additional developments and expansions to our South Beach and East Beach areas which will benefit logistics and staging for the offshore and tanker vessels.”