Alstons Shipping and Royal Caribbean International create History at LABIDCO

Alstons Shipping Ltd, and Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity  Cruises recently created history by carrying out a first time major logistics project undertaking involving a  Cruise ship  at  LABIDCO’s port facility at  La Brea.

Arriving from Santos Brazil and en route to dry dock in  Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, the 180 metres,  30,277 ton Luxury Liner  MV  Blue Dream  called at LABIDCO and completed a very successful 24 hour logistics operation.  

 Blue Dream in dock at the Port of Brighton, La Brea, Trinidad.  

Alstons Shipping and its team of professionals were responsible for coordinating and executing logistics management to support the operation which included the importation and loading of 34 container loads of new upscale bathroom and cabin furnishings; and the discharging of an equivalent volume of materials for disposal and export. Arrangements for Regulatory compliance, Port, vessel and crew joining, customs brokerage and haulage were all managed by Alstons Shipping. The operation was carried out with the full support of LABIDCO’s Management and Authorities including Customs and Excise, Port Health and Immigration and Marine Pilots.


 New bathroom unit being uploaded. blue dream- new bathroom fittings


Royal Caribbean’s Javier Alegre  – Manager, New Generation, Newbuilding and Fleet Design, Captain Michael Kucharski – Port Captain, George Derby Manager Logistics and Brett Vitols- Project Manager  were exceptionally satisfied with the level of professionalism, nimble response to last minute requests and delivery within the extremely time sensitive timeframe.

Based on the positive feedback from Royal Caribbean, Alstons Shipping is confident that Trinidad and LABIDCO will be a chosen destination for future logistics and project calls. Mitra Mahabir, Managing Director- Alstons Shipping stated:

“Now that Alstons Shipping has clearly demonstrated its capabilities of delivering at a world-class standard on this type of project, we are confident that other similar projects will follow in the near future.”

 blue dream pooldeck  New furnishings being uploaded poolside.

The MV Blue Dream completed its mission earlier than schedule and sailed out from LABIDCO loaded with the necessary materials and some 78 technical personnel who joined the ship in Trinidad, to continue its cabin revitalization. On completion from  dry dock the ship will be renamed  and will enter passenger service as  Celebrity Journey.

Further information is available at http://www.alstonshipping.com