After a successful transit from Tampa to Freeport, the Veendam arrived at the Grand Bahama Shipyard last Saturday. She will be out of service for 35 days, and in this time some major changes will be carried out.
Presently the Veendam is alongside a pier in anticipation of the move to the actual dry-dock, but a lot of demolition is already taking place, especially on the aft section of the ship where new cabins are created and also the new wading pool.
This is Deck 9 aft, where complete bulkheads are being cut away.
On Deck 6 the holes are being cut for the new Lanai cabins.
In one or two days the Veendam will move into the dry-dock, where a new section is hanging suspended in the air, ready to be lowered onto the stern of the Veendam.
In order to be able to carry all the extra weight that is added onto the back of the ship, a section will be added that is called a ducktail.
With the installation of balconies on the spa cabins that will be located on Deck 9, the captain would no longer be able to see the side of the ship. As this would make docking very difficult, the Veendam is also getting new bridge wings, which will stick out farther so we can see the side of the ship from the bridge again.
Jochem Bakker is Veendam’s chief officer.