Jamaica Welcomes First Floating Dock

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German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited (GSRJ) has received its first floating dock in Jamaica. The 215 meter-long Panamax-size dock arrived in Kingston on August 24, 2023, and will be commissioned in the coming weeks. The dock has been registered with the Jamaica Ship Registry and renamed JAM-DOCK 1. GSRJ has been approved as a Special Economic Freezone and has obtained all necessary environmental permits. The arrival of the floating dock is seen as a significant opportunity for local and international vessels to be repaired in Jamaica, boosting the country’s profile in the international maritime industry. GSRJ is currently recruiting skilled staff for the shipyard operations and plans to start operations in the final quarter of 2023.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica commissioned a study in 2015 to demonstrate Jamaica’s capability to manage and operate a dry dock for large cargo vessels. Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ, expressed satisfaction at seeing the first floating dock arrive after years of planning and organizing.

The arrival of the floating dock in Jamaica marks a milestone for German Ship Repair Jamaica Limited (GSRJ), a joint venture between German, Turkish, and Jamaican investors. The 215 meter-long dock, named JAM-DOCK 1, arrived in Kingston on August 24, 2023, and will be commissioned in the coming weeks. The dock has been registered with the Jamaica Ship Registry and GSRJ has obtained all necessary permits to operate as a Special Economic Freezone. This development is expected to boost Jamaica’s profile in the international maritime industry and provide job opportunities for young Jamaicans in highly skilled technical roles. GSRJ plans to start operations in the final quarter of 2023 and is currently recruiting additional staff for the shipyard.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica commissioned a study in 2015 to demonstrate Jamaica’s capability to manage and operate a dry dock for large cargo vessels. Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ, expressed his satisfaction at seeing the first floating dock arrive after years of planning and organizing. The arrival of the dock is seen as a significant step forward for Jamaica’s ship repair industry and highlights the country’s strategic position in managing and operating large cargo vessels.

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