|High school students from Nassau tour the industrial heart of Freeport|
|Monday, 19 March 2012 13:46|
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) was instrumental in coordinating a recent familiarization trip to Freeport for a group of CV Bethel Senior High School students.
Accompanied by Economics & Commerce teachers, Rhonda Lewis and Tiffany Johnson, nine students traveled from Nassau for a first-hand glimpse of the country’s industrial capital, Freeport. “I wasn’t satisfied that students were seeing enough of what industry is,” explained Lewis. “I wanted them to have an opportunity to see production, manufacturing and industry in action.”
After an early morning arrival via Bahamasair, the group enjoyed breakfast amidst the touristic charm of Port Lucaya. A courtesy call on GBPA officials then followed with a special screening of the ‘History of Freeport’ video recently authorized by GBPA.
In welcoming the group, GBPA President, Ian Rolle lauded the faculty of CV Bethel for taking the initiative to make the trip. “We are extremely pleased when educators take a personal interest in the growth of their students,” he stated. “Our company’s mission is to better the lives of the Grand Bahama community and by extension, The Bahamas. So, we encourage opportunities such as this geared towards stimulating the development of young minds, who are definitely the future leaders of tomorrow.”After leaving the Port Authority, guided tours of the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Container Port and Vopak followed. For the majority of students, the overall experience was overwhelming especially in light of it being their first visit to Freeport.
Spokesperson for the group, Grade 12 student, Jade Williams summarized their feelings. “Our trip today was a once in a lifetime experience. My mother had always told me about Freeport but to actually see it in person was beyond description,” she said.
Ms. Lewis concurred. “Instead of simply studying trade and the activities of buying and selling, they got to see the actual product line. Such exposure will surely benefit them as they prepare to write exams in their business studies,” she explained.
Highlights for the group were seeing: gigantic ships under repair in the dry docks; transshipment of numerous containers; massive fuel storage tanks; and traversing pipelines.
“I would definitely encourage other students from throughout The Bahamas to visit Freeport so that they can have the same experience we’ve had,” Jade said.
“On behalf of the administrators and student body of CV Bethel Senior High School, we are extremely grateful for the hospitality shown to us by GBPA and their assistance in coordinating today’s events and activities to ensure that everything went smoothly,” concluded Ms. Lewis.
Photo 1: COURTESY CALL – GBPA executives, Ian Rolle, President (standing) and Ginger Moxey, Vice President (seated centre) greet the visiting group from the CV Bethel Senior High School in Nassau.
Photo 2: INDUSTRY IN ACTION – A close-up glimpse of operations at the Container Port was one of many highlights during their one-day tour organized by GBPA.
Photo 3: A VOPAK VISIT – Nassau senior high students on a familiarization tour of Freeport were given the opportunity to see the inner workings of a fuel lab.
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