When the last cruise ship of the season sails, the GVHA maintenance crew members take a deep breath and start on two weeks of teardown, taking down the event tents, flags, and other seasonal structures at Ogden Point. “Cruise teardown is pretty intense,” says GVHA Maintenance Administrator Chantelle Olson. “In March, we’ll start set up again and that will likely take a few weeks.” Everything is stored in the warehouse at Pier A until next season.
The tents and flags are the biggest items on the list, but other stuff such as benches, barricades, and fencing also need moving. There’s also a floating dock at Ogden Point that the crew disassemble and move over to Johnson Street for the winter. “Everything is torn down over the winter because the winds are too crazy,” says Chantelle. “We had a rough start to last year and had to do a full swap of the flags because they all got shredded to bits.”
Throughout the winter, GVHA maintenance crew will be doing repairs on the docks and throughout the facilities, with paint touch-ups and power washing at Ogden Point and Steamship Terminal a priority. Chantelle says the team is also keeping their fingers crossed that we have a milder winter than last year, to cut down on time spent on ice and snow removal.