Temporary Charter Permits Available For AC

October 1, 2015

Due to the “high demand for spectator boats” for the upcoming Louis Vuitton World Series, the Department of Marine & Ports said they will accept applications for private boats to temporarily operate for hire for the period of Oct 16 – 18, 2015, the Department said today.

The Department added that “all the standard Island Boat criteria must be met including physical inspection of the vessel. The Code of Practice for Island Boats is available for viewing or download on the Department’s website www.marineandports.bm.

“Applications for the temporary charter permit can be obtained by contacting the boats and moorings section on 294-4454 or 294-4453 or email boatsandmoorings@gov.bm. Deadline for all applications to be submitted is 4:30pm on Monday October 5th, 2015.

“The Department of Marine & Ports wishes to remind the boating public that under the Marine Board Act 1962 it is an offense to operate a vessel for hire unless the vessel has been licensed as an Island Boat by the Department.

“Operating a private boat for hire without the appropriate license is a punishable offense in law and boat owners should be aware that any insurance they may have becomes void. Should there be an accident or incident the boat owner will be fully liable.”

Six America’s Cup teams are set to compete on the America’s Cup race course in the Great Sound, with official racing on October 17 and 18, with the event also due to include activities both on land and on-water, with food and drink vendors, exhibitors, a concert and more.

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  1. chip says:

    why is this not sorted out yet? help me

  2. Jp says:

    I hope they make every person sit a captains license.. Another hair brained last minute idea.

    • Terry says:

      Moan about everything.

      • HOTDOG says:

        For all you people who say that the money is only
        for certain people here is your chance to go get yours.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        I guess you would be happy if somebody who has a bunch of frequent flyer miles or some other high air miles perk, flies the plane cause there are not enough qualified pilots to go round.

  3. Triangle Drifter says:

    As a former tourboat operator, no problem. Just make sure that anyone plying for hire is a licensed skipper, carrying the required insurance (not cheap), & the boat has all of the SOLAS saftety gear like type 1 PFDs (very expensive), in date type 1 flares (very expensive) & required fire gear (not cheap).

    Anyone found taking people for hire without proper licenses should be fined heavily. Anyone wanting to hire should demand to see required licenses for their own safety.

    • JP says:

      agreed.. any if a newly “licensed boat” is found to be lacking any of the above mentioned equipment, fire the person who licensed it..i.e. Marine and Ports examiner

    • Donna says:

      So I have a licensed boat as it is my business.i pay a fee,had to get captains license, boat inspected ,insurance etc and now any Joe blow can do it.No insurance,no captains license….seriously??!!

  4. Joaquin says:

    Licensed skipper is a must I would say but since we are inshore maybe a little leniency on some of the usual requirements after all this is very short notice. Insurance companies would need to formulate a short term coverage otherwise it would not be cost effective at all. Really two working days is not enough time to make it work. But this is good ground work going forward-perhaps everyone who operates a vessel can get some certification!

    • Grizz says:

      Well said Joaquin. Reading the article it looks like a good idea but with the certain requirements needed I don’t think its realistic that people can get what is needed in time. And I think the powers that be know this. Safety first, YES, But I think they can loosen the reigns a bit so more people can financially benefit AND if that is the real reason why wasn’t this announced sooner so that people COULD?

  5. Truth is killin' me... says:

    I say let the people make a quick buck in any way the can! This is your day as well!!

  6. just wondering says:

    Its the law that any charter vessel over a certain length must have a licensed pilot on board – good luck on finding those at such short notice

  7. bluebird says:

    I don’t think you are going to get too many takers on this one.
    Once you work out what the costs will be as whom ever came up with this idea should get the weeks “SHORT PLANKS AWARD”

    (as thick as two short planks)

  8. In Babylon says:

    Did the Bermuda Tourism Authority think this up, along with fish sandwiches?