Jose Negron of Carnival Corporation and Dan Taylor of ACME Environmental Solutions signed a one year contract for ACME to continue serving as the water and sewage operating consultants for all of the Carnival Cruise port operations on the island of Roatán. Taylor said, “ACME is proud that a company as prestigious and professional as Carnival trusts the health of their passengers to our company. They set real high standards which keeps us on our toes.” ACME technicians operate the sewage treatment plants to ensure that the ocean around the port facilities is safe for marine life in the area. They also manage the drinking water operations to ensure that the water used by the passengers or by the businesses serving food and drinks to passengers is potable and safe.
ACME provides a wide variety of services that are rarely, if ever, provided by one company. It is not unusual to have one company clean toilets and septic systems but it is quite unusual to have one company clean toilets, design, build and service septic systems and systems with aerobic treatment units, design, build and operate waste water treatment plants as well as design, build and operate drinking water systems and plants. This is unusual enough to warrant some attention from the publishers of the international trade journals for our profession. The editor of “Cleaner” magazine recently sent a journalist to the island to get more information about the company. Here is an article about ACME that just came out in the April 2014 issue of “Cleaner” magazine. Check out the article below→
The Municipality of Roatán gave ACME Environmental Solutions the notice to proceed on the first two phases of a six phase project to install a sewer system in the Roatán community of Santa Maria, up the hill from the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. Work began on Monday August 12th on the effort to install a collection system to each of the 128 lots in the community. This system will take the waste from each home to a state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant. According to ACME Engineer Samuel Rivera, the design for the collection system was a challenge because of the hilly nature of the community and the desire to design a system that had no pumps. “A gravity only system is much less expensive to operate in the long run” said Rivera. Another task in this phase is the construction of a round trickling filter treatment tank for a system that will ultimately treat up to 40,000 gallons of waste per day. This initial effort will employ about 12 men from the local community for much of the 90 day duration of the project. The excavation of the trenches and construction of the first round concrete tank will be performed by another Roatán company, Island Concrete.
Trujillo, Central America’s oldest port, became the first cruise ship destination on the Honduran mainland with the completion of the Banana Coast cruise ship dock in April. Much of the construction was done by Roatan-based companies. Island Concrete Construction & Development (ICCD) won a $2.4 million contract to build three of the five segments of the cruise ship facility in late 2011. “This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a company from the island has undertaken a substantial contract on the mainland,” said Edward Ake of Island Concrete. “Our big selling point was the fact that we’re used to difficult logistics. Working on the island is very similar to working in Trujillo.”
ICCD subcontracted two other Roatan firms, ACME Environmental Solutions and Green Hill Energy Solutions, to do the wastewater, storm drainage and electrical work, Ake said about a dozen Roatan-based technicians and managers from the three firms took part in the project. Island Concrete also used a Roatan carpenter, Jorge Bustillo, and about eight of his crew on the project. But most of the labor came from Trujillo.
“We used as much labor from there as we could,” said Ake. “That’s something that people don’t do here that they should do. They bring everybody with them and all their equipment. And the local companies that are here paying their taxes don’t get a chance to work on their project.”
Despite the challenges presented by working on the mainland for island firms, Ake said he was not deterred from seeking future mainland contracts.
“We learned a lot during the experience,” said Ake. “We’re now open to actively looking for work over there.”