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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
Bryd highlighted the fact that more than the business of
repairing ships, his team is very much a part of the community
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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