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Numerous private groups, marine businesses and aid organizations have rallied to offer help to the Bahamiam islands affected by Hurricane Dorian over the past several days.

Updates and reports have been compiled from a variety of sources and are listed here:

YachtAid Global has launched Operation Topaz and scheduled a first deployment to depart Nassau, Grand Bahama, at about 0600 on Wednesday if weather allows for travel to the Marsh Harbour area, according to Facebook posts.

“The flag ship will have search-and-rescue as well as disaster assistance response teams aboard with drone mapping and water depth scanning capabilities to ensure channels and berths are open to traffic. The flag ship will also carry mission-critical aid loaded in Nassau for survivors and is set up to make and pump ashore 300 gallons an hour of fresh water.”

According to a Facebook post, M/Y Loon is departing from Atlantis today or tomorrow for Marsh Harbour with a team from YachtAid Global onboard. 

“Our biggest mission is to save as many lives as possible by getting there as fast as possible,” according to a Facebook post from the yacht. “We can make close to 9,000g of water/day so we don’t need too many single-use water bottles. Medical supplies, hygiene products, tarps, and sleeping cots are the priorities right now.”

One follower replied: “Lots and lots of tarps, and chainsaws. Debris is choking the roads and making rescue slow or impossible, especially on GTC [Green Turtle Cay].”

Contact YachtAid Global on Facebook or email info@yachtaidglobal.org.

National Marine Suppliers is working with several boats that will ferry supplies to The Bahamas as soon as conditions enable.

“We have a couple of boats staged and ready to go,” said Tom Rowe, director of marketing and business development. “National Marine Suppliers is standing by to receive goods by Wednesday morning. We will sort, palletize, and get things ready to go to The Bahamas,” Rowe said.The company is accepting supplies for initial recovery efforts, not bagged clothes or food that needs to be prepared, Rowe said. He recommends items including lumber, fuel, generators, tools, tents, tarps, roofing supplies, and non-cook food.
Contact at (954) 764-0975, info@nationalmarine.com, and deliver needed supplies to 2800 South West 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33315.

M/V Pacific Hope is making final preparations to leave the Dominican Republic today or tomorrow to head for Marsh Harbour. The 180-foot medical ship will have first responders and nurses onboard to help injured people. Capt. Marvin Wilson is working with a fleet of seven yachts working through Fort Lauderdale-based provisioner National Marine Suppliers to act as a drop-off point for supplies in the Bahamas. The boat has 20,000 gallons of fresh water in its tanks and can make 500 gallons an hour. It also carries several four-wheel drive vehicles so it can get supplies inland. Needed supplies include tarps, rice and beans, canned food, baby formula, and first aid supplies. The vessel will also be cooking hot meals for anyone in need.

Visit Pacific Hope‘s Facebook page or contact National Marine Suppliers at info@nationalmarine.com.

Medical Support Offshore (MSOS) has medical supplies sorted, boxed and ready to send. Yachts in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area can donate items from their onboard medical supplies starting today at the MSOS office, upstairs at Bluewater Books and Charts, 3233 S.W. Second Ave. (33315), or call +1 (954) 536-6135 to arrange for pick up.

Highest needs are bandages, suture supplies, IV fluids and tubing, antibiotics, wound cleansers, eye and skin medicines. Supplies must be in sterile, good condition and unopened, even if reaching expiry dates, said Becky Castellano, MSOS sales manager for the U.S. and Americas’ yacht division.

RMK Merrill-Stevens (RMKMS) is supporting multiple donation groups as a collection site for needed supplies and will serve as a departure point for vessels transporting relief goods to the Bahamas, according to Aaron Leatherwood, president and CEO of RMK Merrill-Stevens. Contact RMKMS at +1 (305) 324‑5211 or www.rmkmerrill-stevens.com. Deliver supplies to 881 N.W. 13th Ave. in Miami (33125).

Denison Yachting has organized a raffle to raise money to buy medical supplies, toiletries and building equipment to be delivered to Grand Bahamas Island. Raffle items include lessons, fishing trips, day sailing excursions, and a day charter aboard the 110-foot Broward M/Y Il Capo.To donate and see the list of item, visit Denison Yachting’s website.

Fort Pierce Yacht and Ship has organized a relief effort and accepts donations of supplies. Several yacht owners are ready to transport and help, according to Buddy Haack, operations manager of FPYS. Contact him at +1 (954) 260-4151. The port has reopened.

Click here to read more about how the storm impacted the Bahamas.

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