Grand Bahama Shipyard's Drydock Arrives

Grand Bahama Shipyard's Dock No.

2, which is the former Cascade General Dock No. 4, arrived safely at it new spot at the Freeport, Bahamas shipyard on December 11. The floating drydock, which measures 984 x 2,296 ft. (300 x 700 m) and is capable of lifting 85,000 tons, will be the largest floating dock on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., accommodating cruise vessels up to 150,000 grt or VLCC tankers of up to 250,000 tdwt.

The 20,000 n.m. tow from Portland, Ore. to the Freeport, Bahamas shipyard encompassed 160 days. The dock traveled across the Pacific Ocean passing close to Hawaii, through the Philippines an the East Indies, across the Indian Ocean and up the Red Sea, through the Suez Canal and then across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Preparations are currently underway at the shipyard for the dock, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of March 2002.

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