HSSE Department

Lloyd’s Register CERTIFICATIONS: OHSAS 18001 / ISO 14001 


copies of certificates available upon request.

Emergency & Mustering Procedures

The Grand Bahama Shipyard has an Emergency Response Team and Crisis Management procedure with designated personnel responding to and dealing with an Emergency.

  • Personnel who are not designated as part of the ERT must go immediately to their muster stations at the rear of the Office Car Park when the Emergency/Muster Alarm is sounded (Continuous Wailing Siren)
  • Ship Crews must agree their emergency actions and Must Points with GBS in the interface document.
  • All persons mustered must stay quiet and calm at their designated station until the all clear is given or assistance is requested.
  • All personal phone calls and smoking are banned during and throughout emergency musters.
Marvin Basden

Marvin Basden

Senior HSSEQ Manager

+1 242 350 4000 ext. 4034

Tyrone Farquharson

Tyrone Farquharson

HSSE Manager


Security at the Grand Bahama Shipyard is carried out by a professional security Contractor.

The yard follows the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

The (ISPS) Security status changes as the Security risk increases from Security Level 1 (normal) through Security Level 2 (heightened) up to Security Level 3 (exceptional) and restrictions on visitors will increase.

  • Depending on the circumstances AT Level 3 visitors may not be allowed in, unless their business is urgent and they receive special permission to enter the yard.
  • Personnel searches of vehicles will be carried out on a random basis.
  • During high alerts all vehicles will be searched.
  • The taking of photographs in the GBS yard is forbidden without permission.

Evacuation of Ship Procedures

All new employees must familiarize themselves with the evacuation procedures and also make themselves aware of the various access/exit routes onboard vessels.

Ensure you are aware of:

  • The location of First Aid, Fire-fighting Equipment and Escape Routes.
  • The location of relevant Assembly Point and remember: report to your manager/supervisor at the Assembly Point.

Environmental Issues

The company promotes and maintains a policy, which ensures that the impact of its operations upon the environment is reduced to as low a level as is practicable.

All employees must act responsibly to avoid damage to the environment and:

  • Must not interfere with or misuse any plant or equipment and in particular, anything provided for pollution control purposes;
  • Cooperate fully with management to ensure that the company carries out its work in compliance with the law as well as its own standards; and
  • Report immediately to management any incorrect procedure, incident, occurrence, defective tools, equipment or hazards which has come to their attention in the course of their work and which may have adverse impact on the environment.

Smoking Regulations

No smoking is allowed on any vessel unless a smoking area is provided by the ship.
The GBSL office is a non-smoking area.

Personal Protective Enforcements

The Company takes measures to protect employees from work hazards and the employees have a legal obligation to ensure their own safety by wearing their PPE correctly. All PPE is available at Stores in the Warehouse.

Head Protection

  • The Safety helmet provided by the Company must be assembled and worn to the manufacturer’s instruction, which are inside the helmet.
  • Never alter or modify the shell or suspension system.
  • DO NOT place or carry any object between the suspension and shell, or between the suspension and your head. This space is needed when the shell/suspension absorbs the force of an impact.
  • Wear your helmet square on the head; not tipped forward, backward, or to the side.
  • DO NOT use paint, solvents, chemicals, adhesives, and petrol or like substances on the helmet. Such substances can destroy the impact resistance and other properties of the helmet. Clean only with mild soap and warm water.
  • The helmet’s useful life is affected by heat, cold, impact force, chemicals and sunlight and hence should be inspected by the wearer at regular intervals.
  • Also check the inside suspension for cracks and fraying.

Eyes and Face Protection

  • All personnel should wear approved safety glasses at work sites; a face mask and goggles must be worn by all personnel carrying out Grinding, water-blasting and for all dust/fibre operations and de-scaling.

Hearing Protection: Ear protection should be warn in all designated areas identified by blue safety signs.

Respiratory Protection: There are two (2) forms of masks, one for dust and fibres and another for fumes and vapors. Ensure you wear the right respiratory protection.

Hand Protection: Wear gloves when handling sharp or hazardous objects.

Body Protection: Company supplied overalls must be worn at all times.

Foot Protection: Company supplied safety boots must be worn at all times.

Note: A Safety Induction is conducted upon arrival into the yard. This is carried out by the Safety Manager/Officer.