Marine & Ports Services Boat Removal Advisory

October 22, 2014

The Department of Marine & Ports Services reminded the public that they should remove any boats that broke loose or were wrecked during Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo to a repair facility or safe location as soon as they can, adding that all vessels still lying wrecked as of November 10th will come under the Bermuda wreck removal process and boat owners will be liable for all removal costs incurred.

Marine Services Officer, Ms. Deborah Moran said; “We sympathize with those whose boats broke loose and wrecked during these last two storms.”

“We are aware that many people have already begun the process of retrieving their vessels. Whilst we understand there’s a lot of cleaning up to do it’s important that individuals take responsibility for removing their vessels as soon as they can, not only from an environmental standpoint but also because some of these sunken vessels prevent other people accessing their moorings and foreshore.”

“As much as we want to give people leeway to attend to their vessels we can’t permit vessels to lie wrecked indefinitely and there will be a timeline for removal.”

“All vessels still lying wrecked as of November 10th will come under the Bermuda wreck removal process and boat owners will be liable for all removal costs incurred by the Department of Marine & Ports Services, under this process.

“All affected boat owners are encouraged to contact the boats and moorings section to advise of their intended timeline in attending to their vessels. If anyone has not been able to locate their wrecked vessel please contact the boats and moorings section right away.

“With regards to moorings that have dragged, the section had recently re-mapped all moorings and has accurate and up to date pre-storm locations for all. The public should advise the Department of any moorings that are being re-positioned so that the Department can ensure they go back to their confirmed pre-storm locations.

“For any questions or concerns contact the boats and moorings section on 294-4454 or 294-4453 or email boatsandmoorings@gov.bm.”

For all our coverage/photos/videos of the impact Hurricane Gonzalo had on boats click here.

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