The Bahamas - Construct and operate a port facility

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Qualified entities invited to submit a proposal to build and manage the port facility in Marsh Harbour on the island of Abaco.


Opportunity closing date
24 July 2023
Opportunity publication date
06 July 2023
Opportunity type
Public Sector
Advanced engineering, Construction, Maritime, Water, Financial and professional services
Enquiries received
Value of contract
to be confirmed
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The government recognises the importance of the transport sector particularly the transshipment of goods internationally and domestically towards the further development of The Bahamas. It projects 3% annual growth of maritime transport and seeks the efficient and effective management and operations of the Marsh Harbour Port via a public private partnership arrangement.

Project Scope 3.2.1

Under a 25-year lease agreement, the government will require the successful bidder to operate, finance and invest in the Port needed to provide for the success and growth of the transport industry in The Bahamas. With respect to management of the port facility, the government wants a bidder to:

a. manage and operate the port with due diligence, care, and skill

b. provide docking and mooring of domestic and international vessels

c. provide services for receiving, shipping, assembling, distributing, moving, loading and unloading of:

- break-bulk cargo

- incidental containers on predominantly non-container or Ro-Ro type vessels

- inbound and outbound containerised vessels

d. transfer cargo and containers from and between vessels, trucks, and other means of transportation/conveyance


With respect to management of the company’s obligations, the government is desirous of a bidder to:

a. maximise the employment of Bahamians through the employment of staff at minimum ratio of 80% Bahamians to 20% foreign employees

b. satisfy all governmental environmental requirements in relation to the management and operation of the port facilities, including the monitoring of all mechanisms connected thereto

c. install and provide the appropriate security systems for the protection of the property and assets within the Marsh Harbour Port, in particular compliance with standards imposed by government Regulations and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

d. provide, at its sole expense, suitable office accommodations for such officers and employees of the Bahamas Government as the government may station thereon for security of the port and collection of customs duties

e. allocate 200 linear feet along the existing main road at the most western corner of the proposed port facility extending to the high watermark for use by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as noted herein and outlined Annex C

f. afford the selected bidder the right to enter into sub-leases, licences, and operating agreements to establish facility usage fees and lease rates with any other user on such terms and conditions necessary

g. provide all navigational aids that may be required pursuant to any regulation or in satisfaction of international standards

Opportunity closing date
24 July 2023
Value of contract
to be confirmed
The buyer is happy to talk to
manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, agents, consultants

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