At least eight people were injured after a crane collapsed onto the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, which was docked for maintenance at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, officials said yesterday.
In a statement, Royal Caribbean Cruises said, “Earlier today, we responded to a site incident at the Grand Bahama Shipyard where Oasis of the Seas is currently in dry dock.
“Shipyard management has informed us of eight injuries, none of them considered life-threatening.”
It continued, “We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes.
“We are assessing damage to the ship.
“Dry dock is a maintenance procedure, and there are no guests aboard the ship.”
Video footage circulating on social media showed a crane resting on the ship, which was tilted and surrounded by water.
In the same video, a man who claimed to have been working near the ship at the time of the accident said, “Working on the big Oasis, ship collapsed, dock collapsed, crane collapsed.”
He added, “Dock two is gone.
“Dock two is finished. Big, big, big, big, big disaster.”
At nearly 1,200 feet long, Oasis of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in the world.
It has been in operation for fewer than 10 years, with its maiden voyage having taken place in December 2009.
According to Royal Caribbean’s website, the ship was slated for voyages in the Caribbean this month, and Europe in the summer before undergoing extensive refurbishments later in the year.
It was unclear whether or not the accident will affect the ship’s schedule.
Just last week, Lucayan Renewal Holdings Ltd. signed a letter of intent with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the ITM Group for the purchase of the Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahama for $65 million and the redevelopment of the Freeport Harbour.
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