Grand Bahama Shipyard, which sees most of the cruise drydock business in North America, has announced a number of investments and changes to its executive team.

"We invested in our workshops by upgrading and purchasing machinery and tooling. Also expanded were our wet berth capabilities to relieve pressure off dry dock utilization and move vessels out of dry dock and into service faster," said the yard in a statement. Both Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises are part of the yard's ownership group.

Ian Edward Ross joined the yard in July as VP of HSSEQ. A statement said he is a widely respected HSSEQ professional with over 25 years’ practical experience delivering strategic and operational support to major organizations in the oil and gas, power generation and heavy construction and fabrication industries. Prior to joining GBSL, Ian held several senior international HSSEQ executive roles in the UK, Europe, North Africa, Middle East, China, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

In addition the yard announced a number of promotions. Don Keirce has been named vice president of operations; Charles Nugent has been appointed vice president of special projects; and Adrian Baboi named senior technical consultant for cruise.