GB gets big promotional plug during world cruise and maritime conference

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, said that the new proposed Carnival Cruise Port, slated for development in East Grand Bahama, was announced to over 11,000 people within the cruise industry, during a recent conference in Miami, Florida, April 8-10, 2019. It was during one of the opening sessions […]

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Wells: BMA to conduct safety investigation of Grand Bahama shipyard incident

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of an accident at the dry dock of the Grand Bahama shipyard which injured eight persons, Minister of Transport and Local Government, Renward Wells said a safety investigation of the incident will be launched by The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA). Chaos erupted at the Grand Bahama shipyard on Monday, […]

Investigation launched into GB Shipyard industrial accident

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of state for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson confirming to media on Tuesday that investigations are underway to determine exactly what caused a crane to collapse into a mega cruise liner, the Oasis of The Seas, which was docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard on Monday afternoon. Both Thompson and Peter […]

Environmentalists concerned about terms of Lighthouse Point HOA

Says HOA reveals project is larger and potentially more damaging than previously described   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Environmental groups BREEF, reEarth, Save the Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas expressed on Thursday that they are deeply concerned with the terms of the Heads of Agreement (HOA) tabled in Parliament last week for the proposed cruise port and […]

Environmentalists: Disney HOA reveals worst fears

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Several environmentalists yesterday characterized the heads of agreement for Disney’s $250 million project in Eleuthera, which was made public yesterday, as a realization of “our worst environmental, economic and societal fears”. In a joint statement, reEarth, Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF), Save The Bays, and Waterkeepers Bahamas said the agreement represents […]

Opposition slams govt. for “secret deal” signed with Disney

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Various stakeholders are calling into question government’s recent Heads of Agreement (HOA) signed with Disney Cruise Lines to construct a $400 million-dollar cruise port and entertainment facility on Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera. The deal was inked last week but was only made public on the weekend. Not only are questions surfacing on why […]

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Govt.: Disney HOA to be tabled March 20

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After being slammed by the Opposition and environmentalists for not allowing the media to attend last week’s Heads of Agreement signing for Disney’s proposed development at Lighthouse Point in  Bannerman Town, South Eleuthera, the government announced last night that in the interest of transparency and accountability, the Heads of Agreement will be […]

Royal Caribbean confident in “resurgence” of Grand Lucayan and GB

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) President and CEO Michael Bayley said yesterday that the company, and its partners, are approximately at the halfway point of finalizing a proposal to the government for the acquisition of the Grand Lucayan Resort. RCCL and Mexican port developer, ITM Group, partnered in a bid to acquire […]

After US advisory, Jet-ski operators say procedures have been amended

But tourists say they feel safe   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Local jet ski operators shot down the concerns of the U.S. government on Wednesday, who noted in its latest travel advisory that operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. The U.S. Department of State released another level two advisory last week on […]

Carroll: On-going issue of poaching must be addressed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While Vice Chairman of The Bahamas Fishing Alliance, Keith Carroll applauds the government’s efforts to address the depletion of the Nassau Grouper and the Queen Conch, he stressed on Monday that the on-going issue of poaching must be given immediate attention. On Sunday, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard said […]

Global Ports Holding selected as preferred cruise port bidder

Govt. eyes majority Bahamian ownership in $250 million project   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Tourism yesterday announced Global Ports Holding (GPH) Limited as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port, marking the beginning of negotiations to formulate an agreement with the government. “The proposal put forth by Global Ports was […]

Unknown smuggling victims laid to rest

A journey that began in Haiti and saw dozens of Haitians board a wooden sloop in search of a better life in The Bahamas, ended in disaster with the bodies of 22 victims laying in caskets yesterday at the Enoch Backford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. “Today is a sad day for all of us,” said […]

Haitian charge d’Affaires: We will solve this “madness”

Charging that the governments of the Republic of Haiti and Commonwealth of The Bahamas must continue to work together to bring an end to illegal migration amidst the worst migrant boating tragedy on record, Haitian Charge d’Affairs Francois Michel said yesterday that a solution must be found “for this madness”. His comments were made at […]

More bodies recovered from Haitian vessel

Death toll increases to 32   Two more bodies were found yesterday afternoon among the wreckage of a sunken vessel than ran aground and capsized last Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 Haitian migrants, Eyewitness News Online understands. The latest find pushes the death toll to 32. Authorities pulled two bodies out […]

Another body retrieved from waters

Total body count stands at 30; capsized vessel was carrying 83 persons   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The death toll of Haitian migrants who perished when their boat capsized last weekend continues to rise after another body believed to be that of a Haitian national was retrieved from waters in Abaco on Wednesday. A statement released […]

Two more bodies of suspected Haitian sloop passengers found

Authorities continue search for additional survivors, bodies    NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities pulled two more bodies out of waters off Abaco on Tuesday and suspect they were passengers onboard a Haitian sloop that ran aground and capsized in waters off Man-O-War Cay last weekend. Yesterday’s discovery pushed the death toll to 29. According to authorities, […]

Bahamas records lowest ever number of annual port state control detentions

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announced on Tuesday that it has recorded its lowest ever number of annual detentions following port state control (PSC) inspections with only 24 ships being detained in 2018. “These results build on the BMA’s impressive track record of supporting its maritime clients comprehensively, rapidly and proactively,” said Minister of Transport […]