In this post I will answer a question that I get very often from ship captains and ship owners.
Why do I have to pay freight charges when ordering ship supplies while in port on Grand Bahama?
This is a popular concern, and to answer the question straightforward, No, you do not have pay those freight charges, however I will show you how paying those charges not only saves you money, but also results in better quality products when you purchase vessel stores.
The Problem – International Sub-sea services firm needs urgent logistical support services to fulfill their contract requirements.
It was a Thursday afternoon and we were contacted by a globally recognized sub-sea services firm who were on the island preparing for a major dive survey project.
The equipment needed for the job would arrive by ship on Saturday morning and then be mobilized for the job by early AM hours on Monday. These shipments contained high value items that must be placed under bond, inspected and cleared for use all during non-business working hours for project readiness.
Recognizing the growth potential and strength of our local maritime industry, the Bahamas government has implemented new regulations in the Maritime Sector. This has been done to update the industry to meet modern demands, gain additional revenues and prepare for increased traffic in our area.
These changes affect both local and foreign stakeholders. However I will specifically speak about the impact on vessel owners, managers and charterers and what it means for you.
Get a deeper understanding of vessel clearance procedures, ships spares logistics, vessel stores logistics and important information about crew and personnel movements while in port on Grand Bahama Island. This video shares several techniques which you can use to save money in all these procedures.
To ensure a successful bunker call, first you need to understand which modes of bunkering are actually available on the island of Grand Bahama. There are several to choose from;
- Anchorage area
- Offshore while drifting
- Borco Berths (while conducting cargo ops)
- Freeport Harbor berths
It may come as a surprise to you, but Grand Bahama Island is the only location in the Bahamas where you can obtain bunkers! Yes I know 700 islands and only 1 location available for bunkering. This is yet another benefit of carrying out maritime related business on Grand Bahama. Its strategic location, good infrastructure, port facilities and conveniences make it a ship owner’s haven. Also, the location along established shipping lanes makes it an easy stop off point for tankers, cruise ships and other vessels.
As you may already know the Bahamas is strategically located to provide the shipping world with a wide array of maritime services. We want to keep you, our colleagues in the international shipping community informed about the benefits of utilizing this strategic location. Whether you are a ship-owner, ship charterer, manning agency or an industry service provider the maritime sector in Grand Bahama gives you many opportunities.
Our island has versatile port facilities and its strategic location is an environment where doing business is made easy by straightforward rules and regulations governing maritime affairs. Because of this, numerous maritime services can easily be performed and bundled at this port to assist with reducing costs for ship owners and operators.
The Top 20 Services
In our first post you received a glimpse of how Grand Bahama Island is strategically located as a maritime center. In this post we will talk specifically about the Port Facilities and services available in Grand Bahama which you can use to stay competitive and lower your operating costs.