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Jamaica’s First Floating Dock Arrives

Jamaica’s First Floating Dock Arrives

(Posted on 04/09/23)

German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited (GSRJ), a private joint venture of German, Turkish and Jamaican investors, has welcomed its first floating dock to Jamaica.

The 215 meter-long Panamax-size dock was towed across the Atlantic by the deep-sea tug “Titan” from its previous home port in Bremerhaven. The dock arrived in Kingston on August 24, 2023, and is now safely moored at its new home port at the GSRJ Shipyard in Kingston Harbour, where it will be commissioned in the weeks ahead.

Since arriving, the floating dock has been registered with the Jamaica Ship Registry, which is administered by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), and has now been renamed from Dock V to JAM-DOCK 1. The GSRJ shipyard has been approved as a Special Economic Freezone under the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and has been granted all required environmental permits from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

Col. Martin Rickman, Chief Executive Officer of GSRJ, said: “We are extremely happy to see this multi-million-dollar project finally culminating in this historic arrival of the first dock to be commissioned in Jamaica. This provides a golden opportunity for local and international vessels to be repaired in Jamaica. This will lift Jamaica’s profile in the international maritime sphere. We already have international vessels lined up for repair in the newly arrived floating dock.”

In the meantime, additional local and international skilled staff are being recruited for the shipyard operations. This new industry within Jamaica will generate job opportunities for young Jamaicans in highly skilled technical jobs with international certification. The first Jamaicans who successfully graduated from GSRJ’s Dual Apprenticeship Program, supported by the HEART/NSTA Trust and the Caribbean Maritime University, have been employed by GSRJ. The new GSRJ Shipyard is expected to commence operations in the final quarter of 2023.

In 2015, with funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica commissioned a study “Ship Repair in Jamaica”, to demonstrate Jamaica’s strategic position to viably manage and operate a dry dock for large cargo vessels.

Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ said: “It is very gratifying, after so many years of planning and organising, to see the first floating dock arrive and be made ready for operation within the next few months.”

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