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Bahamas Ferries Passenger lauded for taking 500 round trips on board BoHengy.

Mr. Gary Kelly, one of the country’s most notable construction consultants travels to Habour Island twice weekly to oversee progress on the multi-million projects he provides his expertise on.

Bahamas Ferries, the inter-island marine transportation service provided held an awards reception at the British Colonial Hilton to present winners of its Discover Your Bahamas Educational Program to the Family Islands.

Last year the company launched two new educational field trips to Abaco and Andros. Chief Marketing Officer, Khaalis E. Rolle commented that the company has been offering field trips to Harbour Island and North Eleuthera since 2000 for students interested in visiting the island. However, the company decided to reshape the program to cover more of the Family Islands and a new feature added an incentive to the school that travels the most. The winning school get to choose from a list of educational equipment or tools that benefit the entire student population.

The field trips showcase the unique and historic nature of the family islands. The package have been designed to give students from pre-school through high school an educational, cultural and historical perspective of the islands, thus allowing them to have the practical application of the material being taught in the Classroom.

The objective of this program is to ensure that students have the opportunity to visit at least three family Islands before graduating from school and in many instances; it is the first time the students travel to any family islands.

Commenting on his vision for the program, Mr. Rolle said he would like to see this evolve as part of the curriculum for all grade level in the public and private schools. The family islands are our sustainable competitive advantage in the Tourism marketplace, the more we expose our young people to them, the easier it will become to get the best and brightest talent opting to reside in these communities to benefit from the opportunities associated with a strong economy.

Last years winners in the Primary School division were Sandilands Primary school and Kingsway Academy in the High school division. Sandilands Primary chose musical equipment as their prize and Kingsway academy chose Softball equipment as their prize.

For further information, please contact:
Khaalis E. Rolle, CMO
Tel: 242-323-2166/ 422-4705
Fax: 242-323-6717
E-mail: Khaalis@bahamasferries.com

Bahamas Ferries Host Miss Bahamas Photo Shoot in Harbour Island.

Bahamas Ferries, the inter-island marine transportation service provider played host to the contestants and committee members participating in the 2005 Miss Bahamas beauty pageant.

The company has been a platinum sponsor and host to the organization for the last 3 years in Harbour Island. The girls enjoyed a day of fun and frolic on the historic and picturesque Harbour Island. The group departed Nassau at 8:00am on board the Bo Hengy and arrived in Harbour Island at 10:15 after a brief stop in Spanish Wells. While on Harbour Island the girls were given a golf cart tour of the island and were treated to lunch at the Bayside café.

For further information, please contact:
Khaalis E. Rolle, CMO
Tel: 242-323-2166/ 422-4705
Fax: 242-323-6717
E-mail: Khaalis@bahamasferries.com

Improving Marine Transportation in the Bahamas - Khaalis Rolle, CMO- Bahamas Ferries

Khaalis E. Rolle will be one of the featured speakers at the annual Interferry Conference which is being held on November 1st-4th in Grand Bahama for the 1st time. Interferry is an organization with membership comprised of owners, operators, builders, financiers, consultants and many others involved in the Global Ferry Industry. The conference was held in Rotterdam last year, where businessman and Chairman of Bahamas Ferries, Craig Symonette was elected President. The theme for this years Conference is Dynamics of Change: New Markets, New Opportunities. Khaalis Rolle is the Chief Marketing Officer for Bahamas Ferries where he is responsible for the overall strategic planning, development and management of the company’s sales & marketing organization.

Khaalis holds a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) in Marketing from Grambling State University, and an MBA from the University of Miami. Prior to his appointment at Bahamas Ferries, he headed up the Family Island division of Esso Standard Oil. Khaalis is a Director of the Nassau Tourism & Development Board and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the National Tourism Task Force on Family Island Development.

The conference will be opened by The Minister of Transport and Aviation, The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin and Interferry President and Chairman of Bahamas Ferries, Mr. Craig Symonette. Other Presenters at this conference include, The Minister of Transport for the Republic of Cuba, Dr. Gilbert Morris, Executive Director of the Landfall Center.

Abstract of Presentation

From a tourism perspective, Nassau is progressively becoming an over-milked product that has lost its luster. Repeat visitors are looking for new and interesting alternatives. The greatest opportunity for economic growth in the Bahamas is the Family Islands. The most effective way to stimulate this growth is to provide greater access and increase the traffic flow in and out of these communities.

In the Bahamas there are two transportation modes available for inter-island travel; air and sea. In the past both had severe limitations; in the case of air the major constraints were unreliability, limited capacity and high fixed cost. In the case of sea transportation, reliability played less of a role, however it took considerably longer and it was not passenger friendly.

Historically the Bahamas government has supported marine transportation to the Family Islands by subsidizing the traditional mail boat operators and through the investment in infrastructure. The way forward is to begin building the infrastructure and the network that allows the system to be rebirth. We have to develop a mechanism for analyzing the individual sensitivities of each island and logically determine its capacity. We then need to invest in task specific vessels that accomplish the developmental goals of that island. The approach has to be from a business rather than a governmental perspective.

Bahamas Ferries Presents Winners of it’s Discover Your Bahamas Student Educational Program with Musical Instruments and Soft Ball Equipment.

Bahamas Ferries, the inter-island marine transportation service provided held an awards reception at the British Colonial Hilton to present winners of its Discover Your Bahamas Educational Program to the Family Islands.

Last year the company launched two new educational field trips to Abaco and Andros. Chief Marketing Officer, Khaalis E. Rolle commented that the company has been offering field trips to Harbour Island and North Eleuthera since 2000 for students interested in visiting the island. However, the company decided to reshape the program to cover more of the Family Islands and a new feature added an incentive to the school that travels the most. The winning school get to choose from a list of educational equipment or tools that benefit the entire student population. The field trips showcase the unique and historic nature of the family islands. The package have been designed to give students from pre-school through high school an educational, cultural and historical perspective of the islands, thus allowing them to have the practical application of the material being taught in the Classroom.

The objective of this program is to ensure that students have the opportunity to visit at least three family Islands before graduating from school and in many instances; it is the first time the students travel to any family islands.

Commenting on his vision for the program, Mr. Rolle said he would like to see this evolve as part of the curriculum for all grade level in the public and private schools. The family islands are our sustainable competitive advantage in the Tourism marketplace, the more we expose our young people to them, the easier it will become to get the best and brightest talent opting to reside in these communities to benefit from the opportunities associated with a strong economy.

Last years winners in the Primary School division were Sandilands Primary school and Kingsway Academy in the High school division. Sandilands Primary chose musical equipment as their prize and Kingsway academy chose Softball equipment as their prize.

For further information, please contact:
Khaalis E. Rolle, CMO
Tel: 242-323-2166/ 422-4705
Fax: 242-323-6717
E-mail: Khaalis@bahamasferries.com

Bahamas Ferries Supports Junior Junkanoo

Living up to it’s commitment to supporting community development programs, Bahamas Ferries recently presented Percy “Vola” Francis with 200 transportation vouchers for The Harbour Island All-Age School and the Fresh Creek High School Junior Junkanoo Participants to travel to Nassau for the annual Junior Junkanoo Parade which will be held on Thursday, December 16th 2004.

Commenting on his company’s commitment to supporting community oriented programs, Khaalis E. Rolle, Chief Marketing Officer, said that his company is dedicated to the ongoing enrichment of all the communities that we currently serve. Additionally, Mr Rolle mentioned that the company supports over 200 community focused organizations annually.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, The coordinator of the Junior Junkanoo Program and Leader of the Shell Saxon Superstars, Mr. Percy Vola Francis, said that he was please that Bahamas Ferries once again decided to support this program which is vital to youth development and strengthening of the feeder system for our most indigenous form of cultural expression.

For further information, please contact:Khaalis E. Rolle, CMO
Tel: 242-323-2166/ 422-4705
Fax: 242-323-6717
E-mail:Khaalis@bahamasferries.com

Bahamas Ferries offers $1000 Reward

The recent narcotics discovery on board one of Bahamas Ferries vessel is an indication of the systemic problem being faced by all transportation companies within the Bahamas. In our effort to provide safe and convenient transportation services the management and Staff of Bahamas Ferries fully pledge its support to the Authorities in the ongoing quest to eliminate drug trafficking in the Bahamas.

Drug traffickers are selfish individuals with little regard for an honest way of life and will seek any method of circumventing the law. In the process, hardworking citizens and investors find their livelihood compromised because of this mental midget act. Bahamas Ferries will continue to enforce the following rules to protect the safety of our customers and to uphold the law:

  • All customers travelling on Bahamas Ferries must present a valid Government issued ID (Passport, Drivers Licence, Voter’s Card).
  • All request for unaccompanied packages require a valid Government issued ID from the individual sending and receiving the package.
  • All luggages will be subject to random search by security personnel and drug detecting dogs.

Bahamas Ferries will offer a $1000 reward for any information leading to a conviction in this matter.

For further information, please contact:Khaalis E. Rolle, CMO
Tel: 242-323-2166/ 422-4705
Fax: 242-323-6717
E-mail: Khaalis@bahamasferries.com

Bahamas Ferries & Esso signs Petroleum Supply & Marketing agreement

If you’ve seen the fleet of Bahamas Ferries vessels lately, you may have notice the glaring and attractive Powered by Esso Energy Fuel Logo on each vessel.

The leaders in Marine transportation and in the petroleum industry recently formed a partnership that will mutually benefit both companies. Esso has been the supplier of petroleum products and services to Bahamas Ferries since it's start up in 1999. Mr. Khaalis Rolle, Chief Marketing Officer for Bahamas Ferries, said that the company has invested millions of dollars in their equipment and would like to ensure the life and performance of each vessel is preserved. When you invest large sums of money in such technology, you would only use the best available. One of the largest cost components involved with our vessel operation is fuel. Esso has provided us with quality products, reliable service and great value over the years. This allows us to focus on providing better transportation services to our customers.

As part of the new comprehensive agreement, Esso will remain the exclusive supplier of petroleum products to Bahamas Ferries and will also benefit from the many joint marketing opportunities that the partnership provides, including advertising on the exterior hull of their world class vessels. Keith Glinton, Esso Country Manager for the Bahamas and Virgin Islands says of the marriage

Relationships that last are those in which each partner has a good understanding of the needs of the other. We recognize that the evolution of sea transportation in the Bahamas to globally competitive levels is among the greatest opportunities that have yet to be fully exploited. For nearly 100 years we have been part of fueling the development of infrastructure in the Bahamas. We believe Bahamas Ferries has and will become a key part of the transportation infrastructure in the country and we are pleased that they have again selected Esso as their supplier. Esso will continue to seek to provide creative packages with superior value propositions to better serve Bahamian entities.

Contact: Khaalis E. Rolle
Bahamas Ferries
242-323-2165