Following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, Anthony Robinson, president and chief executive officer of FOCOL Holdings Limited, led a Sun Oil team on an assessment visit to the island.
Robinson said, “Our hearts are broken for the people of Abaco and our commitment to the restoration of fuel services on the island is unquestionable. Since the passage of Hurricane Dorian and now, our team of dedicated professionals have been relentless in their commitment to provide quality petroleum products to the community of Abaco.”
Sun Oil Limited took immediate action to bring relief and provide assistance in the form of petroleum products and humanitarian aid to the island of Abaco. Robinson explained, “Once the all-clear was given, our team conducted an aerial assessment of our sites and facilities. Then, we got on the ground to inspect our equipment and executed our response plan in the face of this catastrophic disaster.”
Robinson confirmed that on September 7, a chartered barge was sent to Abaco with mobile fuel dispensing units and other supplies to restore services. He also revealed that Sun Oil personnel were dispatched from New Providence to assist with ongoing repairs and restoration work at the terminal and sites in Abaco.
Clinton Rolle, deputy general manager of Sun Oil Limited notes, “Following the catastrophic devastation of Hurricane Dorian, we recognized that our terminal and service stations were significantly impacted; however, we were undeterred given that our fuel storage tanks withstood the storm’s impact.”
He continued, “This allowed for us to assess resident and government needs and position ourselves for the expedient delivery of quality petroleum products.”
The petroleum company positioned mobile fueling dispensers for residents and the company was able to offer fuel relief to the government and other stakeholders on the island. Dexter Adderley, Sun Oil’s managing director noted, “Through a strategically initiated collaboration with the government of The Bahamas, we were among the first to provide fuel for emergency and rescue personnel on the ground. This enabled them to fulfil essential tasks for rescue and restoration efforts. Sun Oil provided fuel for Bahamas government vehicles, along with vehicles operated by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. We have since established a designated mobile dispensing station to meet the specific needs of the government of The Bahamas.”
Adderley stated, “Our teams on the ground moved expediently to provide fuel for Aliv to ensure the ongoing operation of their cellular tower. We have delivered fuel to the Marsh Harbour Airport Authority for civil aviation purposes and supported Bahamas Power and Light with fuel for operation of their vehicles.”
As recovery operations continue, residents can access fuel from service stations throughout Abaco in the communities of Dundas Town, Hope Town, Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point. Rolle confirmed, “We have an adequate supply of fuel on the island of Abaco and we will meet the needs of our sites as the recovery and restoration process continues.”
Robinson concluded, “As a Bahamian-owned company, we embrace our responsibility to provide quality petroleum products, especially during a national crisis of this enormous magnitude. We will continue to demonstrate that we care about the community of Abaco, we are invested in the recovery process and we are committed to doing our part towards fueling journeys that matter.”