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...
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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)...
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
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...
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.
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...
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
“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...
Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge announced for Grand Bahama
- Feb 24, 2020 - 3:50:39 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces that the
Grand Bahama Power Company Limited (GBPC) has been approved to implement
its Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge.
In 2013, when the
new regulatory framework was executed, it included a mechanism for GBPC
to recoup costs associated with natural disasters. The mechanism was
originally scheduled to be in place in 2016 as a Self-Insurance fund..
Grand Bahama Fishing Hole Bridge and Service Road to Be Repaired
- Feb 17, 2020 - 3:30:36 PM
The government is taking progressive steps to address the poor road
conditions on the new overpass bridge and on the service road at the
Fishing Hole Road that leads from Freeport into West Grand Bahama.
a press conference at the bridge on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson
called the work being carried out on the service road and the bridge
“the beginning of the end of the process.”
“What has happened is that this bridge was finished before the storm in 2019,” explained Minister Thompson...
Bacardi pledges massive support for the economic recovery of GB Small Business Sector
- Feb 11, 2020 - 10:50:26 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Micro and small businesses impacted by Hurricane
Dorian received positive news on Friday, January 31st that additional
support is available to assist them with post-storm recovery efforts.
Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Mercy
Corps International (MC), and the American Red Cross (ARC) welcomed
executives of Bacardi Limited as an official supporting partner of the
Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts...
Port Group Limited announces promotion of Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs
- Feb 5, 2020 - 12:15:40 PM
Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port
Group, Limited (PGL), Philcher Grant, today announced the promotion of
Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs at Port Group
“Mrs. Sweeting has worked in various capacities within
the group of companies, and we are confident that her knowledge of the
business and experience will further enrich the team,” said Ms. Grant.
“She brings a unique perspective that will help shape our vision and
GBPA affirms its commitment to ensure rebuild of the Airport Facilities in a timely manner
- Jan 28, 2020 - 4:30:19 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is firmly committed to
the continued restoration and economic recovery of the city of Freeport
and Grand Bahama Island. Of paramount focus is the full return of
international flights and the rebuilding of a permanent airport facility
to boost the economy.
“Given the inevitable reduction, due to
the hurricane, in the number of international commercial flights into
Freeport at the present time,” said Sarah St. George, the GBPA’s Acting
Philcher Grant appointed Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited
- Jan 15, 2020 - 3:56:43 PM
President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Port
Group Limited (PGL), Ian Rolle, today announced the appointment of
Philcher Grant as Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government
Relations at Port Group, Limited.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Philcher Grant to the
Port Group Limited team,” said Mr. Rolle. “This appointment comes as we
continue to strategically position the organization to execute our
responsibilities to residents in the most effective and efficient way.
We remain focused on our vision to improve the quality of life for
everyone in Grand Bahama, and to provide high performance service in
areas of utility, city management and business development...
Grand Bahamian Restaurant named in Top 20 In The Caribbean
- Jan 2, 2020 - 3:36:58 PM
Grand Bahamian restaurant Flying Fish in Freeport has been named one of
the Top 20 restaurants in the Caribbean by esteemed culture magazine,
Caribbean Journal. According to Caribbean Journal, “this year’s edition
of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants…retains our core criteria: food,
service and ambience, the three pillars which are the foundation of any
“We are humbled and incredibly proud of this
recognition, and even more proud to bring some good publicity to the
island of Grand Bahama, especially during such a difficult rebuilding
period for our island ” said Chef Tim, Owner and Chef at Flying Fish...