Business View Caribbean | September 2019

7 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN SEPTEMBER 2019 I nternational supplies for the residents of Grand Bahama who had been devastated by Hurricane Dorian began arriving last week, as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line brought in 10,000 cooked meals and water, along with boat loads of other food items and supplies. Members of the international press were on hand for the arrival of the goods at the Freeport Harbour on Thursday morning. “This is a coordinated effort on between Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and NEMA in Grand Bahama to assist victims of Hurricane Dorian disaster,” said President of the Senate, the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith, who is assisting the Government and NEMA in their restoration efforts. “Royal Caribbean is one of our international partners who has had a working relationship with The Bahamas for some 40 years. So, they wanted to reach out and do what they could to assist Grand Bahama during this time.” According to Alex De Roeck of Royal Caribbean, the effort is not a one-time affair. “We will be delivering these 10,000 meals every day during the duration of this effort to be of service to the Grand Bahamian people,” said De Roeck, who works in hotel operations, RCCL Miami. “We will be diverting our cruise ships to this port every day to ensure that this effort continues. “What will be happening is, we will provide the items and deliver them, but local Emergency officials will decide where they are to be delivered and distributed.” The delivery of food items and supplies was accomplished by the Empress of the Seas. Because NEMA GETS 10,000 MEALS-A-DAY ASSISTANCE FROM RCCL FOR STORM RECOVERY OPENING L INES