September 05, 2018
Each year, Natural disasters and Hurricanes cost millions of dollars in damages, destroying homes and businesses and uprooting and displacing families.
In fact, it is estimated that up to 2.2 billion dollars in losses were incurred in the region due to hurricane related destruction.
Here in The Bahamas, we are all too familiar with the damage that a major storm can inflict, with storms like Matthew, Irma, France & Gene now a part of our national history and daily vocabulary.
In such cases, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been tasked with coordinating recovery and restoration efforts.
As storms, have become more dangerous, the role of NEMA has become even more important in not only leading those efforts but also in helping affected residents regain a sense of normalcy.
NEMA recently partnered with 5 Star Brokers Ltd to ensure that essential equipment needed to help Bahamians during times of recovery and restoration were easily imported.
“The National Emergency Management Agency is pleased about the collaborative effort that is being forged with 5 Star Brokers Ltd.,” explained NEMA Director Capital Stephen Russsell.
The company was able to successfully win an international bid from several companies in Japan to provide the brokerage service for the equipment for The Bahamas and NEMA as a part of the Japan Grant Aid for the Economic and Social Development Programme for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“As we prepare for what we hope is a quiet season, Ken and his team made sure that our due diligence was done, our paperwork correct and the delivery seamless.”
With more than 45 years of combined experience in the shipping and brokerage industry, the staff of 5 Star Brokers stepped up to the plate to help NEMA officials navigate the brokerage business.
“This partnership is one which we are particularly proud of,” said 5 Star Brokers CEO, Ken Gibson.
“We understand the very important work that NEMA does and so it was imperative to us that the items were imported on time and on budget.”
In preparing for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, NEMA required the import of an industrial crane, which was commissioned as part of a 1.8-million-dollar grant from Japan.
The GR-1,000XL crane was made in Japan by the Tadano company and has a lifting capacity of 100 tons.
It along with two trucks have already been delivered to NEMA, and over the next few weeks, 5 Star Brokers will also oversee the delivery of a new trailer and trailer head as well.
Teams from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) begin training on the use of an Industrial Crane imported by 5Star Brokers Ltd. the company was able to successfully win an international bid from a number of companies in Japan to provide the brokerage service for the equipment for The Bahamas and NEMA as a part of the Japan Grant Aid for the Economic and Social Development Programme for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.(Photos courtesy of NEMA for Barefoot Marketing)
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) takes possession of the GR-1000XL Crane which will be used as part of the Agency's disaster management and restoration efforts moving forward. The importation of the crane is part of a partnership with 5 Star Brokers Ltd which will also see additional equipment imported in the coming weeks.(Photos courtesy of NEMA for Barefoot Marketing)