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Grand Bahama Shipyard Makes Waves
By Peter Adderley
Mar 7, 2014 - 3:42:27 PM

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The nation's leader Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell were pleased to learn that the majority of full time employees at the Grand Bahama Shipyard are now Bahamians and gradually the demand for foreign labour is decreasing. 

The Grand Bahama Shipyard's COO, Reuben Bryd, Director of Finance and IT, Linda Turnquest, and Facility and Maintenance Manager, Marvin Basden, spent a full day in New Providence on Monday.  The senior management team made courtesy calls on Prime Minister Christie, Minister Mitchell, and Bahamas Civil Aviation Director, Captain Patrick L. Rolle. 

Mitchell noted that the company's most recent accomplishment to execute historic repairs on one of the world's largest ships, the Allure of The Sea, this past week ahead of schedule, speaks to the importance of Bahamian and international work relationships and places the Bahamas on the global stage.  "It is priceless marketing for the Shipyard and the country;" said Mitchell.  Mitchell commended the company's leadership for its continued commitment to training Bahamians. 

Prime Minister Christie pledged his Government's ongoing support to have the Grand Bahama Shipyard realize long term success and said he looks forward to the day when even more Bahamians can find full time employment and contractual work at that operation. 

Bryd highlighted the fact that more than the business of repairing ships, his team is very much a part of the community contributing well over $100,000 per year in donations island wide. 

"We see the improvement of the quality of life of residents as a priority, particularly the positive advancement of young Bahamians;" Bryd said.  Turnquest gave spotlight to the tremendous impact and far reaching effects the Grand Bahama Shipyard has on the local and national economy.  Among the factors revealed is that for every 1 job secured at the Shipyard, an additional 3 external jobs are created.  As for the company's future on Grand Bahama, Basden outlined the ongoing millions being invested to improve and expand the facility, and made it clear that the Grand Bahama Shipyard is positioned for the long term. 

Public relations, marketing, and advertising consultant, Peter Adderley, who coordinated the New Providence trip, says the entire country and the world must come to know the wonderful success stories unfolding daily at the Grand Bahama Shipyard and more spotlight will and need be placed on the highly qualified and talented Bahamians making waves. 

Critical to the work being carried out at the Grand Bahama Shipyard is the Bahamas Civil Aviation. Shipyard executives took time out to personally thank Director, Patrick Rolle for his Department's support.  The Grand Bahama Shipyard continues to be lauded as a top world class organization and a model corporate citizen.

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