Bahamas Paradise Charters Ship to Aid Boston Gas Explosion Recovery

A worker with Columbia Gas pries a manhole cover open as they work to make sure there are no gas leaks at the corner of Parker and Salem Streets in Lawrence. // Photo by AP Photo/Mary Schwalm via Newscred

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is sending its Grand Celebration cruise ship to house workers dealing with a series of gas fires and explosions in Massachusetts.

“Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has chartered the Grand Celebration to assist with restoration of service to communities impacted by the Massachusetts gas incident,” a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent. The ship set sail for Boston on October 1, and it is expected to resume normal operations as of this December.

According to The Boston Globe, the failure of utility company Columbia Gas to disconnect or relocate a live sensor on an abandoned pipe led to an influx of high-pressure gas overwhelming the local network, triggering dozens of fires and explosions. Columbia Gas and another utility, National Grid, have been ordered to halt all non-emergency and non-recovery work while an investigation and repairs on the system continue.

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The Grand Celebration will help to house an influx of workers helping to repair the gas system in the area.

Bahamas Paradise is a cruise line that operates two-night cruises to the Bahamas from the Port of Palm Beach. Earlier this year the cruise line launched a new ship, the Grand Classica, bringing its total fleet to two. At the time the line said the move would allow it to operate daily departures on the short cruise route, which calls at Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

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