Due to the “Bermudian” being out of service, there have been some ferry cancellations for today.
A Government spokesperson said: “The following Sea Express Ferry services have been suspended today as a result of the Bermudian being out of service: Dockyard: 10:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. | Hamilton: 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.”
The condition of the ferries has been the subject of discussion recently, with Transport Minister Walter Roban saying: “Ferries have become such a successful and popular component of the transportation service that the vessels and associated infrastructure have been pushed beyond what they were designed for.
“To ensure we offered as comprehensive service to as many people as possible the ferries have been running at full steam for several years. This obviously takes a toll.
“As a result of this extended use, the ferries do break down from time to time but we have a very professional team of well trained Bermudian engineers and mechanics who are dealing with these challenges.”
Minister Roban also said that public criticism by the Opposition about the ferry service is “nothing more than an attempt to score cheap political points without offering any solutions.”
Shadow Transport Minister Pat Gordon Pamplin responded saying ““With reference to the Minister’s statement, he acknowledges that the ferries have been over-used and under-maintained, yet he has the temerity to accuse the Opposition of scoring cheap political points.
“He asks for solutions. We regret that the Minister and the government are bereft of ideas but, in this instance we offer the obvious solution – allocate the money to fix the ferries!”
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