Dry-docked ship brings jobs, money to Portland

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship was refurbished

The Radiance of the Seas came to Portland for repair at Vigor Industries, May 12, 2016 (KOIN)
The Radiance of the Seas came to Portland for repair at Vigor Industries, May 12, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The large cruise ship that has been dry-docked at Vigor Industrial on Swan Island is setting sail for Alaska Friday after 12 days of repairs.

Even though the “Radiance of the Seas” didn’t bring passengers, it did bring work.

“When we’re running a project this size it’s about 450 employees and about 150 subcontractors working on board,” says Mike Nutter, Vigor Industrial Project Manager.

He says about $6 million was pumped into the Portland economy in under 2 weeks.

Vigor Industrial’s reputation and recent upgrade of its dry dock is a big part of why Royal Caribbean Cruise Line chose Portland over other west coast locations.

“The competency of the yard seemed very good when we did our risk analysis for the yard,” says Simon Zielonka, fleet director for Royal Caribbean. “It came up very clean on all of our criteria, which impressed us quite a lot. Portland is a fantastic location.”

The dry dock won’t be empty for long. Another cruise ship will be here for repairs in September. Royal Caribbean is spending millions on both technical repairs and exterior upgrades.

“It’s a real mix of things we get done,” says Doug Grau, Royal Caribbean sales manager. ” Some our guests see, some they don’t see, but we’re on schedule. Things are looking very, very good.”

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