Robert "Graham" Couser
Robert “Graham” Couser, now VP of Sales and Marketing, began April 2000 as Commercial Manager of the initial Freeport, Bahamas facility under the UK-based ship repair company Cammell Laird. Graham, as part of the Cammell Laird team who procured the now known Grand Bahama Shipyard from Lloyd Werft, developed the business strategy and world-wide marketing of the Yard. He continued in this role when Grand Bahama Shipyard, Limited replaced Cammell Laird, Bahamas. In his 16-year tenure, Graham help to build the facility from a single dry dock to the current expanded facility with three dry docks, a pier and fully serviced wharf with future expansion plans.
Graham, a respected Marine Industry executive with over 40 years experience, began his career as an Apprentice Mechanical Engineer at Harland & Wolff, Belfast. This was accomplished whilst a student in Marine Engineering at Belfast Institute of Technology. He studied Project Management at Open University and Commercial Law at Queen University Law Faculty, both in Belfast. Upon completion of his studies he remained with Harland & Wolff as Commercial Manager of the Ship Repair Division for several years before assuming similar roles with UK companies Tyne Tees Dockyard and subsequently Cammell Laird.
Graham’s success can be measured by the solid relationships formed within the cruise industry sector, while developing new opportunities in other sectors for the ever expanding yard. This focus remains, however, it includes the continual development of the executive teams to ensure the yard remains at the forefront of the ship repair industry.