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2019 Apr 03

Oasis of the Seas Involved in Dry Dock Accident at Grand Bahama Shipyard

A large crane collapsed onto the deck of one of the world’s largest cruises in a floating dry dock at the Grand Bahama Shipyard this week, resulting in injuries and damage.

According to reports, Royal Caribbean’s 225,000-tonne Oasis of the Seas was in the shipyard’s Dry Dock No. 2 when the accident occurred, leaving at least one large crane toppled on top of the vessel and the cruise ship with a noticeable list to starboard which can been seen in photos and video posted online.

Some injuries have been reported as well, although none were believed to be life-threatening, the Grand Bahamas Tribune reported.

Royal Caribbean later confirmed eight non-lifethreatening injuries.

Grand Bahama Shipyard’s Dry Dock No. 2, at 300 meters in length by 58.5 meters wide, is the largest of three floating dry docks at the yard. The dock is equipped with four large construction cranes.

The Grand Bahama Shipyard is located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, only about 100 miles east of Miami, Florida.

According to AIS ship tracking data, the Oasis of the Seas arrived in Freeport on March 31.

The Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to depart Port Canaveral, Florida on a fourteen-night cruise to Barcelona, Spain on April 21. From there, the ship is scheduled to spend the summer cruising season in Western Mediterranean before returning to Miami in November 2019.

Built in 2009, the 1,200-foot Oasis of the Seas is the lead ship in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class, which rank as the world’s biggest cruise ships. Royal Caribbean in March just ordered its sixth Oasis-class ship.

Source: www.gcaptain.com; Mike Schuler

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