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52 INDUSTRY TODAY
recognizes the need to develop local talent, notes Rotkirch. “So,
we offer a four-year apprentice program for Bahamian high
school graduates. Presently, we have 41 enlisted apprentices. In
addition, we sponsor two Bahamian students to go to the United
States and Canada to obtain academic degrees in naval archi-
tecture and marine engineering. Of course, we hope they’ll come
back and put their new skills to work for us.”
COSTS, QUALITY AND SAFETY
Rotkirch indicates that quality is the overriding factor that steers
all repair and maintenance work. “We aren’t always the least
expensive, but being cheap isn’t always the prime considera-
tion,” he emphasizes. “We offer a range of value-added services
that produce highest quality results. Foremost is turnaround
time. For example, cruise ship operators can’t afford delays
when the prime season approaches. Delays can result in can-
celled cruises and, in turn, revenue loss. As such, a shipyard such
as ours, which has a record of fulfilling contracts on time, will
always be the preferred shipyard.”
Safety is also paramount, he stresses. The fully certified
Grand Bahama Shipyard operates with firmly entrenched Health
and Safety Management and Environmental Management sys-
tems that comply with OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO
14001:2004. “We carry out our activities in accordance with
established procedures, and we take the practical steps that
avoid risks to employees and any other individuals at our yard,”
says Rotkirch.
Contracts to maintain or repair ships are typically negotiated
on an individual basis, although there are some fleet agreements.
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