GBPA and Mercy Corps Launch Grant Programme to Help Local Economy RISE again
- Dec 4, 2019 - 9:30:13 AM
Freeport, The Bahamas – Micro, small and medium businesses now have
access to much-needed funding as they prepare for the upcoming holiday
season. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), today,
announced the “Restoring Industries and Sustaining Employment (RISE)
Initiative, in collaboration with Mercy Corps (MC), a leading global
humanitarian and development organization.
The RISE initiative
will offer grants to at least 100 qualifying local businesses from
across Grand Bahama, which have suffered losses as a direct result of
Hurricane Dorian. Grants up to $10,000 will be offered...
Grand Bahama welcomes first post-Dorian international flight as work progresses on airport
- Dec 1, 2019 - 3:00:33 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) understands that opening our
skies to international travel is critical to Grand Bahama’s recovery
following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in early September. To
that end, the GBPA is pleased to hail the arrival of the first
international flight from Bristol, Tennessee directly to Grand Bahama.
Bahamasair flight landed at the Grand Bahama International Airport on
Tuesday, November 26 and all 138 passengers, comprised of youth
athletes, coaches and staff here to participate in the twentieth annual
Thanksgiving basketball tournament...
Grand Bahama small businesses receive grants
- Nov 19, 2019 - 3:20:35 PM
A number of businesses were recipients of grants from the Small Business
Development Centre and the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, at
the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama.
were either existing, looking to expand, or start-up and would be
located anywhere from East Grand Bahama, to Freeport, to West Grand
Statement: Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas Sickout
- Nov 17, 2019 - 7:30:04 PM
On Wednesday 13 November, a number of employees of the Broadcasting
Corporation of The Bahamas’ (BCB) Northern Service in Freeport called in
sick over concerns of the presence of mold in the building that was
badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian.
While the management of the
BCB is disappointed in this action, which impacted operations, the
health and welfare of all employees of the Corporation remain a priority
for the management and by extension the Office of the Parliamentary
Secretary with responsibility for the BCB...
GB Utility making headway towards return of potable water after Hurricane Dorian
- Nov 9, 2019 - 10:50:56 PM
The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) confirms steady progress
towards our full return to potable water on the island of Grand
Bahama. Prior to the onset of Hurricane Dorian, tap water provided to
the community of Grand Bahama was below 600 ppm (salt particle content
per million parts of water), which bettered by a large margin the 1,000
ppm World Health Organization (WHO) standard for consumption. In certain
other jurisdictions, 1,500 ppm is considered an acceptable level.
addition to the damaged pumping stations, which were brought back on
line within 5-7 days of the storm to restore the island’s running water
‘distribution’, the wrath of Hurricane Dorian compromised the island’s
‘supply’ of fresh salt-free water in Wellfields 1, 3, 6, comprising some
220 wells in total, which account for 35%...
Bahamian Brewery marks major Post Dorian milestone with Reopening of Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits in Grand Bahama
- Oct 29, 2019 - 10:15:08 AM
Two months of hard work, sweat, and determination culminated in the
reopening of the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company’s
flagship retail store in Freeport on Monday. Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits
officially reopened its doors, once again welcoming its scores of loyal
customers as well as a staff complement of at least 12 people who will
“We are so proud of our staff who have really made this possible,” said Donny Delahey, BBB Grand Bahama General Manager.
Mold Remediation Takes Center Stage in GBPA-Supported Post-Dorian Meetings
- Oct 28, 2019 - 6:00:43 AM
The safe and effective removal of mold following severe flooding, such
as Grand Bahamians experienced with Hurricane Dorian, is critical to
full and healthy restoration. The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is
pleased to support mold remediation education for Grand Bahama’s
homeowners, business owners, and contractors.
More than 50 of
Grand Bahama Island’s residential subdivisions were devastated due to
floodwaters generated by destructive storm surge during Hurricane
Grand Bahama Utility Company Wellfields Inundated from Dorian Surge
- Oct 23, 2019 - 10:10:58 AM
It is now six weeks since Dorian’s passage through The Bahamas and the
Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC), a subsidiary of Port Group Ltd
(PGL) continues to work unflaggingly to fully restore its water services
to residents across the Island.
Hurricane Dorian caused
catastrophic damage, inundating over 90 percent of GBUC’s wellfields
with seawater. “Our groundwater reserves were severely impacted and
intruded with salinity,” said GeronTurnquest General Manager GBUC.
“Over the last few weeks we have assessed our wellfields...
Testing shows Bahamas oil spill contaminated wetlands more than one mile away
- Oct 22, 2019 - 1:00:08 PM
The Bahamas oil spill during Hurricane Dorian contaminated water in
critical wetland habitat, including an area more than one mile away from
the spill, according to sampling done by Waterkeepers Bahamas, Save the
Bays, and Waterkeeper Alliance.
The groups took water samples at
five locations near the Equinor/STATOIL spill, sending 54 individual
water samples to Environmental Chemists, a certified water testing lab
in Wilmington, N.C...
GBPA Heralds Reopening of Grand Bahama International Airport
- Oct 21, 2019 - 10:15:19 AM
In the weeks since Dorian’s passage, Grand Bahama and its residents have
made remarkable strides toward the Island’s recovery. The focus of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and its partner service companies has
been on restoring essential services - from electricity to water and
sanitation - and increasingly more businesses are reopening their doors.
Thus the airport re-opening to international commercial traffic is the
With both the Domestic and International Airport
facilities severely compromised due to flooding, the Grand Bahama
Grand Lucayan to Welcome Guests Oct. 15
- Oct 14, 2019 - 7:08:45 PM
Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama announced they will welcome guests on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
on Facebook on Oct. 9, their message read, "We're happy to share we
will be welcoming back guests beginning Tuesday, October 15th. We want
to thank each and every one of you that have reached out with thoughts
and prayers, we truly appreciate you!"
Carnival Cruise line to resume calls to Grand Bahama on Friday
- Oct 10, 2019 - 10:50:58 AM
Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it will resume regular calls
to Grand Bahama beginning this Friday, Oct. 11, when Carnival Pride will
dock in Freeport. Carnival Elation will follow on Sunday, Oct. 13 and
Carnival Freedom on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Carnival Pride departed
Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 6 on a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400
guests. All told between now and the end of the year, Carnival Cruise
Line expects to host 39 calls in Freeport...
Grand Bahama Port Authority to offer economic relief assistance programs
- Oct 8, 2019 - 3:05:21 PM
Business owners set to benefit from economic relief assistance programs
following on-going consultation with the Grand Bahama Port Authority,
As local businesses begin recovery and restoration plans
following the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, Limited (GBPA) seeks to engage with licensees to assess their
CELEARN Courses at UB-North to Begin Nov 4
- Oct 1, 2019 - 7:24:52 PM
Grand Bahama Island -- Due to the passage of Hurricane Dorian and
the devastation left in its wake, Continuing Education and Lifelong
Learning (CELEARN) of University of The Bahamas-North has advised that
it has had to postpone the start of their professional development
While they were initially scheduled to begin on
Saturday, 28, September 2019, they will now tentatively begin November
2, 2019 to ensure students are able to pursue courses of interest...
Grand Bahama Shipyard Dry-Docks first ship following Hurricane Dorian
- Oct 1, 2019 - 9:53:47 AM
Grand Bahama Shipyard today announced that it dry-docked its first
vessel since reopening the shipyard shortly after Hurricane Dorian hit
The Bahamas earlier this month. Taipei Trader, a 9,932-ton containership
operated by Lomar Shipping Limited, docked at the No. 3 dock this week,
a major step in the return of normal operations to the shipyard.
Trader first docked at the yard on August 25 for a routine program
including propulsion and thruster maintenance, and preparation of the
hull for protective coating application...
Dolly Madison current business hours
- Sep 27, 2019 - 11:05:28 PM
Dolly Madison temporary hrs: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday until further notice.
Right now we have Flashlights, Batteries, Cleaning supplies, Rakes &
Shovels, WD40, Contact Cleaner. Stihl Chain Saws and Trimmers,
Lawnmowers. Generators and Twist Lock Plugs for Generators...
Grand Bahama open for business
- Sep 26, 2019 - 10:13:09 AM
Tourism stakeholders express hope filled confidence that Grand Bahama is
making the right strides to sustain tourist related activities
following Hurricane Dorian.
The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
(GBITB) asserts that the island’s tourism products is one of the
critical mechanisms necessary to stimulate the economy as residents and
businesses position themselves to recover from Hurricane Dorian...
300 Bahamians back to work at Grand Bahama Shipyard
- Sep 15, 2019 - 6:01:14 PM
Even as its ships ferried thousands of meals and tons of supplies to
hurricane-stricken Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Royal
Caribbean issued welcomed news yesterday – Grand Bahama Shipyard, one of
the island’s largest employers, re-opened September 11, providing jobs
and a semblance of normalcy amidst the tumultuous relief efforts.
are extremely pleased to advise that the Grand Bahama Shipyard
re-opened for business on Wednesday, September 11, allowing some 300
Bahamian employees to return to work and demonstrating to the outside
world that Grand Bahama is on a path to recovery,” said Michael Bayley,
President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International...
Taking Food to the People in Grand Bahama
- Sep 15, 2019 - 6:13:15 AM
The National Emergency Management Agency, along with Carnival Cruise
Line took thousands of prepared lunches to the residents of Grand Bahama
on Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019) during the lunchtime rush.
prepared meals were distributed on the grounds of the old Portion
Control Shopping Centre, which intersects two major highways. The meals,
which were prepared by chefs aboard Carnival Cruise Line, were properly
packed and handed out to any and all residents who stopped by for
Carnival reaffirms its commitment to major project in Grand Bahama
- Sep 9, 2019 - 8:04:58 PM
In spite of the devastation unleashed on the Northern Bahamas by
Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line is still committed to its major
project on the island of Grand Bahama.
That commitment was
confirmed by Giora Israel, senior vice-president of Global Port and
Destination Development, during an interview with the media on Friday,
September 6, 2019.
“I’m here to advise that Carnival was
committed, is committed and re-committed to the Port project,” said Mr.
Israel, during an interview at the Emergency Operation Center at the
C.A. Smith Building...