Crane Falls on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas
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A crane fell on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas at the Grand Bahamas shipyard, where the ship is currently in dry dock. 

“As of 1:45 pm EDT [April 1], we are accounting for the whereabouts of all site personnel and working with local authorities to determine if there have been any injuries,” a spokesperson for the cruise line tells Travel Agent. “We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes. We are assessing damage to the ship.”

Local police told the Bahamas Tribune that there were several injuries in the incident, although none of them are thought to be life-threatening. The ship was reportedly in Dry Dock No. 2 at the time of the incident, when cranes collapsed onto the vessel and tilted it toward its starboard side. 

Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship, the largest class of ship currently in service. It is currently undergoing enhancements as part of Royal Caribbean’s $900 million “Royal Amplified” fleet upgrade project, after which it will sail from New York City in May 2020. Plans call for the ship, which will be the first in its class and the largest-ever cruise ship to homeport in the Northeast, to sail a lineup of seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas, as well as a select number of short cruises to New England and Canada

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