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The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s Statement on Grand Bahama Power Company Storm Restoration and Stabilization Charge - Sep 24, 2020 - 4:40:46 PM

With the evolving global pandemic COVID-19, these are unprecedented times and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), in our role as regulator, must balance the need for a healthy electric utility with upgraded technology and infrastructure, against the needs of the consumer and the island’s economy.

As such, the GBPA has worked together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) to further delay the implementation of its Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge to 2021...
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GBPA introduces Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF) working committee to establish a plan for Freeport’s economic future - Sep 23, 2020 - 2:30:35 PM

In response to the Prime Minister’s request for new and innovative ideas to revitalize the Bahamian economy, and as a reaction to the economic challenges brought on by Covid-19 and Hurricanes Matthew and Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited launched a working committee entitled the Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF).  REEF’s key priorities are to stimulate, activate and lead growth and change by engaging with the people of Grand Bahama and the Government of the Bahamas to support and implement its initiatives...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority’s clean-up of derelict vehicles underway - Aug 17, 2020 - 11:15:46 AM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is progressing on its initiative to rid Freeport of the unsanitary and unsightly problem of derelict vehicles in and around residential and commercial areas and on verges.

“In June 2020, we advised that the GBPA was partnering with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Department of Environmental Health to bring resolve to the ongoing issue of illegal dumping of vehicles,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA...
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GBPA donates $25,000 and launches Digital Food Vouchers to support the GB Food Distribution Task Force - Aug 14, 2020 - 3:00:26 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces the launch of a digital food voucher programme in the Kanoo Pays app to support the efforts of the Grand Bahama Food Distribution Task Force to provide food for the most vulnerable families on Grand Bahama.

The GBPA, a member of the Food Distribution Task Force’s steering committee, donated $25,000 to be used to enable the programme’s recipients to shop at local grocery stores...
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Scotiabank Employees in Grand Bahama diagnosed with COVID-19 - Jul 28, 2020 - 5:16:21 PM

We can confirm that two employees attached to our Freeport Branch have tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working very closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to have all other staff members from that branch tested and in the interim they have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Our top priority at this time is the health and safety of our employees and customers and we are proactively working with MOH officials...
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GBPA unveils monument honouring Hurricane Dorian victims - Jul 17, 2020 - 5:15:07 PM

Each anniversary of Independence, we honour our forefathers for their invaluable contributions to building this small, but great and proud sovereign nation. It has been a challenging ten months for all Grand Bahamians and, at this time of Independence, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) thought it fitting to honour those who so tragically perished in Hurricane Dorian.

On Tuesday, July 14, alongside the victims’ families, the GBPA honoured thirty-one lives lost last September with the unveiling of an elegant cross at the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge...
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Bahamas Customs Office Grand Bahama closed until Friday July 17th - Jul 13, 2020 - 3:48:11 PM


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BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients - Jun 30, 2020 - 12:55:09 PM

Entrepreneurial training for 32 successful recipients of the Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program began last week in a virtual classroom.  The partnership initiative between The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) grants up to $6,000 in funding and business support for Grand Bahama micro-businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  The assistance comes at a very critical time for businesses struggling to recover from Dorian and now realizing the effects of COVID-19...
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Grand Lucayan Employee Separations: A Fulfillment of Obligation Under Agreement for Sale - Jun 25, 2020 - 4:00:48 PM

A phased separation of employees of the Grand Lucayan Resort commenced, with effect from June 24th, 2020, as a condition of the Agreement for Sale with Bahamas Ports International, executed on March 2nd, 2020.   Under the terms of the agreement the Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited is obligated to complete the process prior to the transfer of ownership.  

The severance exercise follows the complete exhaustion of all vacation leave bonuses, and the National Insurance Board 13-week unemployment benefit...
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BRC and GBPA conclude successful first round of SBR grants; 32 businesses awarded funding - Jun 17, 2020 - 2:20:46 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Earlier this month, executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRC) concluded the first round of their Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program, awarding over 30 grants to local businesses. The partnership initiative, launched in early May and focused exclusively on micro-businesses including vendor permit holders on Grand Bahama, will award grants of up to $6,000 to qualifying entrepreneurs affected by Hurricane Dorian...
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Grand Bahama businesses evolving with the times - May 25, 2020 - 12:46:50 PM

How we live and work is changing in this era of COVID-19, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is proud to see Grand Bahama businesses evolve to meet our changing needs.

“The ways in which Freeport’s businesses have quickly and responsibly adapted their operations to meet the needs of customers has been remarkable,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA.  “Conducting business in a way that inhibits the spread of viruses like COVID-19 is critical to the success of all businesses and required for the safety of all residents...
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RISE Economic Recovery Grant Programme awards $724k in grants to 76 businesses - May 23, 2020 - 8:03:12 AM

As government officials work to safely re-open the nation’s economy, many businesses on Grand Bahama are keen to resume rebuilding their operations. This sentiment is especially true for the many companies set to benefit from the Restoring Industry, Sustaining Employment (RISE) Grant Programme. 

RISE is a partnership initiative implemented by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization with funding support from the American Red Cross and Bacardi Limited...
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Elnet Maritime donation to support the health of Grand Bahama’s front-line workers - Apr 9, 2020 - 9:20:11 AM

Generosity and compassion are in great need as we face the current global pandemic health crisis, and Elnet Maritime Ltd. of Grand Bahama has demonstrated a bounty of both.

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), was deeply heartened to receive a donation of $25,000 from Elnet Maritime for the purchase of masks...
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The GBPA launches initiatives to help assist and prepare residents for the potential impact of COVID-19 - Mar 25, 2020 - 12:33:55 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is collaborating with key stakeholders on the potential impact of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama.  “We have been paying close attention to how this global pandemic has affected other countries around the world and we commend the Government of The Bahamas and the Health Authorities, for acting swiftly to protect our nation and for their ongoing communications. With regard to Grand Bahama, we are following the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Orders and working closely with the Government and Health Authorities in both complying and maintaining essential utilities such as power...
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YMCA of Grand Bahama closure due to COVID-19 - Mar 19, 2020 - 10:30:30 AM

Like so many organizations, the YMCA of Grand Bahama, your YMCA, has had to close all its facilities, inside and outdoors, starting on Monday, March 16th.  This is in compliance with edicts from the Bahamas Government and recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, made to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus.  Tentatively the Y is set to re-open on Monday, March 30th...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited outlines its COVID-19 Contingency Plan - Mar 18, 2020 - 3:36:11 PM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) has developed a COVID-19 Contingency Plan and is executing preventive safety measures at local water depot distribution sites island-wide.

Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations said, “Over the last few weeks, the GBUC team has been working hard to develop preventative plans by way of response to the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak   in Grand Bahama...
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GBPA works with Grand Bahama Power Company to temporarily suspend the Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge” - Mar 18, 2020 - 1:05:54 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is acutely aware of ramifications of COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working diligently over the past few weeks with relevant governmental agencies and key stakeholders to put into place a coordinated and robust plan.

Karla McIntosh, Port Group Ltd. General Legal Counsel, said, “We cannot diminish the potential impact not only to health, but to our economy, as the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic.”

“Understanding our role of City regulator,” continued Ms. Mcintosh, “we have an obligation to make decisions in the best interest of our residents. As a matter of priority, we have worked together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC)...
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GBPA to ensure transparency and stringent monitoring of GBPC Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge - Mar 3, 2020 - 5:25:43 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) advises that there are existing mechanisms to ensure the transparency of the Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) recently-announced Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge.

As the utilities Regulatory Authority in the City of Freeport, GBPA implemented a Regulatory Framework and Operating Protocol (“Framework”) in accordance with international best practices...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited is on target to provide potable water to Grand Bahama Island - Feb 29, 2020 - 8:50:24 AM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) is forging ahead with its strategy to return potable water to the Grand Bahama community. 

In late January, Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations at Port Group, Limited, announced the GBUC’s strategic two-part plan. Following this statement, the GBUC began releasing video weekly updates on its social media platforms and on various media outlets to inform the public...
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Happy Hotel celebrates unflappable employees - Feb 27, 2020 - 10:52:43 AM

Grand Bahama’s Happiest Hotel continued its tradition of honoring and celebrating its staff at its bi-annual Pelican Awards Ceremony. The highly anticipated event was held at the property’s Canal House meeting center where several of the company’s 60 employees were awarded special honors.

“2019 was a particularly challenging year for us because of hurricane Dorian but our employees really stepped up to make sure that the property was able to remain open,” said Pelican Bay Hotel Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater...

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