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September 4, 2019 4:00 PM

Bahamas Relief Efforts

Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira announced Thursday the port will waive all cargo-related fees for donated humanitarian relief supplies that are being shipped to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors in the Bahamas who have lost nearly everything. We know right now they are in need of food, water and other supplies. By waiving cargo related fees, we can ensure the Bahamian people receive the supplies they desperately need,” said Port Executive Director Manuel Almira.

With several of our tenants regularly serving the Bahamas community, they are focused on helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

Current relief efforts:

1. Tropical Shipping

Tropical Shipping provides regular service three sailings or more each week from Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama and two sailings each week to Abaco. At the direction of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and in co-operation with Carnival Corporation, Tropical Shipping is working to support the needs of the Bahamas Government and their emergency agency NEMA.

Tropical will be receiving cargo for NEMA at its locations in Miami and Riviera Beach Florida.

For personal shipments for family and friends Tropical has cut its barrel shipment rates by 50% in support of meeting the needs of individuals.

For a complete list of NEMA approved donated food and supplies visit:


2. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Following Hurricane Dorian’s devastating impact on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced a two-fold support initiative. As of Wednesday September 4th, the company is accepting monetary donations online through its partner, Mission Resolve, as well as donated supplies at its Riviera Beach warehouse.

“Our hearts go out to all of those impacted, and we felt it was imperative to issue a rapid response, demonstrating our support through action,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who is engaged in direct communications with the Bahamian government, including Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Peter Turnquest, to determine specific areas of need and serve as a liaison for those looking to assist in the Hurricane Dorian recovery effort. “We’re proud to partner with Mission Resolve in taking the necessary steps to help our brothers and sisters of Grand Bahama Island that are in desperate need.”

Those who wish to donate monetarily can do so at www.MissionResolve.org. All proceeds will be directly donated to the people of Grand Bahama Island.

In addition, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is now accepting select items at its warehouse, located at 301 Broadway Ave., Bay #7, in Riviera Beach, FL 33404. The warehouse is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Items currently being accepted include:

· Canned goods
· Building supplies (roofing materials, tar paper, plywood, sheetrock, etc.)
· Water
· Hygiene products
· First Aid kits
· Mosquito repellent
· Blankets
· Chlorine tablets
· Pampers, baby wipes, and baby food

Please note, items that will not be accepted include fuel, hazardous materials, used clothing, old mattresses, and other used items.

On Thursday morning, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced the Grand Celebration, which returned Thursday into the Port of Palm Beach, will depart Thursday at 8 p.m. to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on a humanitarian cruise. Grand Celebration will be loaded with food, water, and other supplies, as well as first responders and volunteers. The ship will transport Bahamian residents who were stranded in South Florida, due to Hurricane Dorian, home. As a result, Thursday's previously planned departure has been canceled. This will be done at no cost to any volunteer or Bahamian resident. ALL PERSONNEL NEED TO HAVE A VALID PASSPORT OR AN ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO GET ONBOARD THE VESSEL.

The current plan is for Grand Celebration to return to the Port of Palm Beach on September 7, with Bahamian residents who wish to evacuate to the U.S. and have proper documentation.

3. Gulfstream Line/ Heavy Lift Services

Gulf stream Line/ Heavy Lift Services is encouraging people to keep donations in their homes until they have a better understanding of when they will be able to safely dock a ship in Abaco.

4. Sunshine Biofuels

Sunshine Biofuels is working to secure ISO tanks and fuel bladders to get fuel over to Grand Bahamas and Abaco. The company is working with 700 Islands Energy and Rubis on the ground to assess needs.

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