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A dedicated project manager is appointed as the customer’s
prime point of contact for each contract. Some of the bigger
projects can take up to a year from contract until completion.
“Currently, we have eight ships in the yard, comprising a nice
mix that includes container, seismic, tanker and cruise vessels,”
Rotkirch says.
While the recent Gulf oil spill significantly increased shipping
traffic in the area, Rotkirch says it hasn’t yet resulted in any
uptick in his company’s business. “But we’re closely monitoring
the situation and expect to see some future opportunities,”
he adds.
At the very least, one anticipated result is additional require-
ments placed on drilling equipment, which should provide a big
business boost to equipment suppliers. As far as Grand Bahama
Shipyard is concerned, this might not directly impact ships, but
it could result in additional business for the company’s develop-
ing offshore fabrication operations, indicates Rotkirch.
On the economic front, while Grand Bahama Shipyard suf-
fered repercussions last year from the global economic nosedive,
it sees a quick recovery in its own fortunes. “We had a slight, but
noticeable, increase in the spring that’s encouraging,” notes
Rotkirch. “No business is recession proof, but we have a num-
ber of key advantages, chief of which is our location. Add that
to that our reputation for reliability and turnaround – as well as
our experience and established business relationships – and you
can see that we have a significant competitive advantage.”
In other words, it’s clear sailing and full steam ahead for this
maritime enterprise.
Pictured below: The installation of a newly fabricated unit with 40
staterooms on the cruise ship “Rotterdam” as part of the multi million
dollar “Signature of Excellence” upgrade project.