Photos: Open House Onboard M/V Somers Isles

May 12, 2016

Following on the success of a previous event, Somers Isles Shipping Ltd. [SISL] hosted an Open House this afternoon [May 12] onboard the M/V Somers Isles which was docked at Pier 5/6 in Hamilton. Approximately 1000 people took advantage of the opportunity with over 550 adults and 400 children attending according to organisers.

Somers Isles Shipping Ltd. [SISL] provides direct ocean freight service from Fernandina Beach, Florida to Hamilton, Bermuda. The line operates the vessel “M/V Somers Isles” and handles containers, break-bulk cargo, vehicles and boats. The Somers Isles provides scheduled service to Hamilton’s dock every 10 days.

Meyer Freight Ltd act as the vessels agent and the vessel is managed by Container Ship Management.


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Captain Emiel Koelhuis along with his crew, and staff from both Container Ship Management and Meyer Freight Ltd., were on hand to greet visitors to the ship and answer any questions.

Crew members were stationed throughout the ship offering insight on the ship’s operations and guiding visitors through the many different compartments of the ship.

Noise cancelling ear muffs or ear plugs were available for those that ventured down into the loud engine room area that spanned multiple levels. Adults and children alike were struck by the spectacular view from the bridge with many taking the chair in front of the console of high tech equipment and controls.

The pantry area was stocked with food and cooking supplies while the freezers were filled with meats and vegetables. The dining area saw a couple of tables lined with chairs and an area to the side were crew members could relax and watch television.

M/V Somers Isles quick facts:

  • Built: 2012
  • Overall Length: 90 m
  • Beam: 13.75 m
  • Speed: 13.5 knots
  • Container Capcity: 200
  • Crew: 8
  • Captian: Emiel Koelhuis

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  1. A resident says:

    I went to the open house and I heard a gentleman enraged by the amount of children and general public that had attended.

    He was like “they made a big mistake and posted it to Facebook and this open house is only for the Somers Isle customers. The mistake on Facebook is the only reason all these people have come and brought their kids. These are not our customers. ”

    I was quite offended by his rude remarks.

    • Ironic says:

      That’s kind of funny cause if you think about it, just about everyone in Bermuda is a “Customer”. We are the ones that create the demand which generates most of their business….

    • Rubber Bong says:

      We’re all their customers. Every single one of us buy the goods that they carry/import.

    • St. D says:

      Technically every Bermudian is a Somers Isle customer.

  2. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    It is always fantastic to see true nautical professionals imparting their knowledge to the uneducated public who generally call the bow of a ship the pointy end. I recall having to school niner3zero on that particular nautical term. I know Captain Emiel Koelhuis personally, having trained with him many years ago – he is a true professional having crossed the Atlantic many times during terribly rough seas. Good to see Larry enjoying a free vino!

  3. DB says:

    Nice but how about next time before you have a open house you paint the ship first.

  4. Trollsbane says:

    As citizens of Bermuda we are all by extension and to some degree, customers of SISL. I can well imagine the character type who’d take issue with the “unwashed masses” being welcomed aboard and make such condescending remarks, though.

    Looks like it was enjoyed by many… wish I had known about it!

  5. GUSSYBOO says:

    GUSSSYYY

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