Grand Bahama Island was badly damaged by Hurricane Matthew, and local ship operators say that many Bahamians – including seafarers, their families and their friends – are suffering the effects of the destruction. Several operators are accepting donations to transport to Grand Bahama.
The Red Cross says that water, non-perishable food, toiletries, bedding, cleaning supplies and mosquito coils are especially needed, and the government of the Bahamas has a longer list of requested goods, along with options for monetary donations.
Fast ferry operator Balearia Caribbean will be accepting donations at Terminal 1, Port Everglades until Friday, October 29. Hours of receiving are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday, and the items need to be classified, identified and packed correctly in boxes.
Freight landing craft operator Seacor Island Lines is accepting donations at 1300 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, Seacor is making its own donations and has offered assistance to the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross.
In Stuart, Florida, private aircraft pilots have organized an airlift to bring relief supplies to the Bahamas. Items for air shipment can be dropped off at Atlantic Aviation Services, 2240 SE Witham Field Drive.