The Triton

Editor's Pick

Yacht transports chefs to feed thousands after Hurricane Dorian


By Dorie Cox

It is hard to see M/Y Global. The 220-foot Shadow Marine boat is on the facedock at Pier 66 South in Fort Lauderdale, tied below the looming 17th Street Causeway Bridge. Blocking the view are two 18-wheeler fuel trucks, a forklift, several hand trucks, and more than 20 pallets stacked high with boxes of food.

Capt. Kostas Andreou steps off the yacht, over the heavy black hose running fuel to the boat, and walks past people ferrying supplies. The expedition yacht just travelled up from Hollywood where the boat tied during Hurricane Dorian. The Category 5 storm mostly impacted Florida with rain and winds, but caused catastrophic damage in the northern Bahamas. And that is where Capt. Andreou and his crew will soon head.

A yacht crew member catches up with the captain to give him a car ride to the U.S. Customs office in preparation for the charter for the non-profit relief organization, World Central Kitchen (WCK).

Deckhands Ben Grobler, left, and Owen Almeida fill a tender with about 60 gallons of fuel on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for a trip to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.
Photo by Dorie Cox

Throughout the afternoon, a total of six fuel trucks bunker 40,000 gallons onboard the steel-hulled vessel. Bosun Elvis Arturo Gonzalez and deckhands Owen Almeida and Ben Grobler load about 10 red fuel cans onboard to pour 60 gallons into the yacht’s tender. Several workers install another lifeboat onboard. And workers from WCK continue to move pallets of food.

As soon as Capt. Andreou returns from customs, he makes his way back onboard and climbs up to operate the onboard crane. The first load is a 3,000-pound all-terrain Sherp vehicle purchased by WCK. It can drive over a 40-inch obstruction and is designed to operate in swamps, bogs and marshes, conditions that may now be in the Bahamas, according to Sherp dealer Loren Edwards of San Angelo, Texas. He plans to teach several people to drive the vehicle, which will be used to carry 2,000 meals at a time to people in the worst hit areas.

In about 12 hours, all of the loading will stop, the passerelle will be pulled, and the yacht will navigate out of Port Everglades for passage to Abaco and Grand Bahama. With just a day of preparation, Capt. Kostas organized a full crew for the trip, plus all the other details for at least a seven-day charter.

“We have done relief work in St. Maarten, St. Vincent, and Tortola,” Capt. Andreou said of previous trips.

Jason Collis has also done relief work, including Hurricane Michael, as director of procurement with WCK. About 13,000 meals have been served in the Bahamas since the hurricane tore through, he said as he monitored loading of supplies.

“Yesterday, we sent 3,000 meals to Abaco by helicopter,” Collis said. Founder of the organization, José Andrés is already in the Bahamas where the group will organize kitchens in multiple locations to prepare hot food near the most needy people.

“We have found kitchen space in Abaco and will go to Freeport next to assess,” Collis said.

M/Y Global left this morning as Hurricane Dorian began to reach South and North Carolina on the U.S. Atlantic coast.

“We’re already getting ready for Wilmington,” Collis said yesterday.

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.

Related Posts...
Registration is now open for the Association of Marina Industries’ Read more...
By Lucy Chabot Reed Running up against a tight deadline Read more...
Wally has designed its first new sailing yacht since becoming Read more...
Mark Rohleder, owner of the popular yachtie bar Waxy’s Irish Read more...

Share This Post

About Dorie Cox

Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton.

View all posts by Dorie Cox →

One thought on “Yacht transports chefs to feed thousands after Hurricane Dorian

  1. Maria

    This is all wonderful team work! Great job to the Captain Kostas and crew on MY Global Yacht…

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

New shiplift at MB92 open

New shiplift at MB92 open

MB92 Barcelona has announced that its new 4,800-ton shiplift is open for business, with the first haul outs successfully completed in …

The Triton networks with Alexseal Yacht Coatings

The Triton networks with Alexseal Yacht Coatings

About 175 yacht captains, crew and industry professionals networked on the third Wednesday of the month for Triton Networking with …

Motoryacht Loon’s crew works unique ‘charter’ after Hurricane Dorian

Motoryacht Loon’s crew works unique ‘charter’ after Hurricane Dorian

Story and photos by Dorie Cox “It was just like charter,” said Capt. Paul Clarke of M/Y Loon. “But instead of champagne, we were …

The Triton photographer takes photos of Grand Bahama from airplane

The Triton photographer takes photos of Grand Bahama from airplane

David Reed, founding publisher of The Triton, arrived at Abaco, Bahamas, with M/V True North, which left Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 8 for a …