Cruise ship Oasis of the Seas (IMO 9383936) has been involved in a major accident at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Freeport. The 6,300 passenger vessel was in Dry Dock No 2 when something caused cranes to collapse onto the vessel and saw her tilt toward starboard. The local police reported several injuries – none of them thought to be life-threatening. A short video of the aftermath, filmed by a Shipyard worker who was working on the vessel. Said that the ship collapsed, the dock collapsed, and the crane collapsed. “Dock two is gone, dock two is finished. All the cranes collapsed”, said another worker on social media.
Oasis of the Seas arrived in Freeport on March 31st.
One contact told the Grand Bahamas Tribune that the Oasis of the Seas was in dry dock, but was too heavy or large for it. “As they were lifting it the dry dock collapsed, along with the cranes and the ship”, the source claimed. Social media postings of the Oasis of Sea clearly showed water still present in the dry dock.
Oasis of the Seas was scheduled to leave Port Canaveral, Florida on a 14-night cruise to Barcelona, Spain on April 21st. From there, the ship was scheduled to spend the summer cruising season in the Western Mediterranean before returning to her home port of Miami in November 2019.
Royal Caribbean said on Monday April 1st that “as of 1:45 pm EDT, we are accounting for the whereabouts of all site personnel and working with local authorities to determine if there have been any injuries. We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes. We are assessing damage to the ship.”
Grand Bahama Shipyard’s Dry Dock No 2 is 300 metres long and 58.5 metres wide. It is the largest of three floating dry docks at the yard and is equipped with four large dock cranes. 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.
2009-built, Bahamas-flagged, 225,282 gt Oasis Of The Seas is owned by Oasis of the Seas Inc care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Smuab) (Americas syndicate) on behalf of Oasis Of The Seas Inc.