ISS Freeport Bahamas was established in August 2008 along with an office in Nassau, NP Bahamas which is the capital of the Bahamas.
At ISS, we are dedicated to providing excellent customer service for companies large and small in the shipping and international trade industries. Because of our expertise and excellent customer service initiatives ISS is the solution to the current and future needs of the shipping and international trade industry in the Bahamas.
We offer a wide variety of services which include:
· Husbandry services
· Crew handling
· Cash to Master
· Assistance with customs formalities
· Visa formalities
· Spare parts
· Vessel Bunkering Co-Ordination
· OPL Services Crew and Spares
· Garbage Removal
· Dry Docking Support Services
· Local logistical Support
Grand Bahamas Island, Sometimes called Freeport is the fourth largest island of the Bahamas archipelago and was named “gran bajamar” or “great shallows” due to its many shoals and flats in the water surrounding the island
The island lies 140 miles west north west of New Providence or Nassau, just on the southern edge of the Little Bahama Bank. The island has an area of 430 square miles and a population of some 50,000 persons living in three sections of the island.
The city of Freeport is a 230-square-mile free trade zone on Grand Bahama Island located 26° 31' 28" N 78° 46' 1" W established in 1955 by the Government of The Bahamas. The city of Freeport emerged from a land grant comprising 50,000 acres of swamp and scrub to become a cosmopolitan center, promoting both good business and the good life.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under special powers conferred by the government under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which was recently extended until August 3, 2054. The agreement also increased the land grants to 138,000 acres. The GBPA is the major provider and developer of services in the free trade zone and offers an expanding portfolio of opportunities that includes investment in its own subsidiary companies.
Freeport's strategic location at the gateway to the Americas is a major incentive to industrial development. The city is only a 35-minute plane ride from southern Florida, and its harbour is the closest offshore port to the United States. The free trade zone is well-positioned for global commerce, located at the crossroads of routes between Europe, North and South American trade links, and international shipping transiting through the Panama Canal.
Freeport Harbour, is accessible to even the largest vessels. The entrance, through an 1,800-foot-long straight channel, is 500-feet wide, and 47-feet deep, with a turning basin depth of 44 feet. Already a port for six major cruise lines and welcoming more than half a million tourists annually. The harbour's close relationship with Freeport International Airport, a 10-minute drive away, together with excellent tug and piloting services, makes it an ideal centre for homeporting, with significant additional capacity. It has a busy cruise terminal, the Freeport Container Port, and a ship maintenance facility.
The Freeport Container Port was opened in 1997 by Hutchison Port Holdings. Serving as a major hub for worldwide transshipment of containerized cargo, the Freeport Container Port contains over a thousand meters of berths with 15.5 meters of alongside depth. It contains 49 hectares of stacking area and capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs per year.In addition to the Freeport Container Terminal, tourism is a major source of income for Freeport and the Bahamas. Over a million tourists arrive each year. Much tourist activity takes place in the seaside suburb of Lucaya, where visitors find most of the hotels and nightlife.
The island of Grand Bahama also has two very large crude oil storage facilities one being located in the City of Freeport, Vopak Terminal Bahamas and another located on the eastern end of the island South Riding Point Terminal.
Vopak Terminal Bahamas is an independent storage terminal with a capacity of three-million cubic meters, or 20 million barrels, with the possibility of expansion up to five million cubic meters for the storage and handling of crude oil, fuel oil and clean petroleum products. In addition, Vopak Terminal Bahamas offers blending, transshipment and bunkering services. The terminal is located in Freeport, Bahamas, just 80 miles off the coast of Florida, and is the largest storage terminal in the Caribbean. Its deepwater jetties can berth the largest-sized vessels.
The South Riding Point facility, located 35 miles east of Freeport on the southern exposure of Grand Bahama Island has 5.25 million barrels of storage capacity and is used as a storage holding area for onward crude oil deliveries to North America and as a "break-bulk" point for transshipment operations.
The relatively shallow water access to United States gulf coast and east coast ports requires the final delivery segment of the crude oil voyage from the North Sea, Middle East, North Africa and other foreign origination points to these regions be accomplished in smaller shuttle-size vessels. The transfer of crude to shuttle vessels can be accomplished at a facility like South Riding Point's sea island, or via ship-to-ship lightering in the Gulf of Mexico. Situated close to the southeast coast of Florida, the Bahamas terminal offers economic advantages to other transshipment facilities in its proximity to the United States.