Travel & Cruise 2nd Quarter 2022

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Members & Travel Agents

Bahamian Maritime Agency Joins FCCA

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lnet Maritime Ltd. recently joined as an FCCA Platinum Member. Ellie Hepburn, President and CEO of Elnet Maritime, and Adam Ceserano, President of FCCA, connected at Seatrade Cruise Global, held in Miami, Florida in April. The Elnet team fully participated in Seatrade Cruise Global, taking part in industry sessions, panels and demonstrations, including the keynote “The State of the Global Cruise Industry” address. They also had many networking opportunities meeting government officials and industry liaisons.

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The team is eager to apply the connections they made through networking and the knowledge gained through seminars at Seatrade Cruise Global to enhance the cruise industry in The Bahamas. One of these connections included meeting FCCA executives and subsequently signing up for Platinum Membership. “Elnet is enthusiastic about our Platinum Membership with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, and we are eager to take advantage of all of the opportunities that this partnership will lead to,” said Ellie Hepburn, President and CEO of Elnet Maritime. Hepburn founded Elnet nearly 14 years ago. On August 27, 2008, Elnet received its first agency appointment for the chartered tanker M/T Dhonoussa that was birthing at the Bahamas Oil Refining Company terminal. Today, Elnet is the leading maritime agency in The Bahamas. Elnet Maritime offers full ship agency services and logistics, including cruise services, lightering, offshore bunkering, off-port limits, dry docking, husbandry, trucking, warehousing, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, event logistics and special projects. Elnet Maritime provides services throughout the islands of The Bahamas with their headquarters located at the Elnet Maritime Center in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Elnet Maritime Center is a

12,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art, multi-functional business facility within proximity to Freeport Harbour. ElNet employs 25 Bahamians and leads Maritime 101, a free introductory program for Bahamian high school students interested in pursuing careers related to the maritime industry. A powerhouse in the local and international maritime market, the agency has brokered many international contracts through the years, including a recent partnership with the global entity Shell. Elnet has strong relationships with government officials and industry partners and is consistently expanding their services.