The marine recreational sector of the Bahamas’ tourism industry is up and open for business. Most of the member marinas of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) are reporting no damage from Hurricane Irma and are open and ready for business.
“This hurricane caused great damage throughout the region and the Southern Bahamas,” says ABM President, Stephen Kappeler, “and we sympathize with the citizens of the islands that were so badly affected. We are also deeply concerned about the welfare of citizens of the state of Florida, whose lives have been so disrupted by Hurricane Irma,” he said.
“However, we are greatly relieved that Hurricane Irma bypassed so many of the islands in The Bahamas and spared most of our members from damage or dislocation,” said Kappeler.
“Only two marinas have reported damage that prevents them from opening for business,” said Basil Smith, Executive Director of the Association. “Of 27 members, we’re still awaiting word from seven, but the overall picture right now is very positive indeed.”
Hurricane Irma, as it approached The Bahamas, veered to the west after impacting the southernmost islands in the archipelago, inflicting serious damage on Ragged Island, in particular. It then steered clear of most of the islands, delivering tropical force wind and minimal rain in most areas, before inflicting a somewhat more severe impact on West End, Grand Bahama and Bimini as it left the archipelago for Florida.
Disruption to utility services in those areas has impacted operations at marinas on Bimini and at West End. “We hope that in subsequent reports we will be able to give a positive account of the marinas in those locations,” said Smith.
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|Albany Marina||Nassau||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Bay Street Marina||Nassau||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina||Bimini||Closed||No electric, water damage from storm surge|
|Bimini Sands Resort and Marina||Bimini||Closed||No electric, minor resort and marina damage|
|Bradford Marine Bahamas||Grand Bahama||*||Awaiting confirmation report|
|Brown's Marine & Boat Storage||Exuma||*||Awaiting confirmation report|
|Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina||Eleuthera||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Davis Harbour Marina & Cotton Bay Club||Eleuthera||Limited – pre-arrival arrangements required||Minor dock repair and dredging underway|
|Flying Fish Marina||Long Island||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|French Leave Harbour Village||Eleuthera||Open||Awaiting confirmation report|
|Grand Bahama Yacht Club||Grand Bahama||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Hawks Nest Resort & Marina||Cat Island||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Highbourne Cay & Marina||Exuma||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Hope Town Inn & Marina||Abaco||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Leeward Yacht Club and Marina||Abaco||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Lighthouse Marina||Abaco||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Lyford Cay Club Marina||Nassau||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Marina At Emerald Bay||Exuma||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Nassau Yacht Haven||Nassau||*||Awaiting confirmation report|
|Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour||Grand Bahama||Closed||Reported only minor damage, but closed due to power loss. Fuel is open.|
|Palm Cay||New Providence||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Port Lucaya Marina||Grand Bahama||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Romora Bay Resort & Marina||Eleuthera||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Safe Harbour Marina at Cave Cay||Exuma||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Staniel Cay Yacht Club||Exuma||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Treasure Cay Resort & Marina||Abaco||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|Valentines Residences, Resort & Marina||Eleuthera||Open||Reported no significant damage|
|BASRA||All Bahamas||*||No reports of missing or overdue vessel at this time.|
|Rubis gas stations||All fueling stations||Open||Open|