Minister Fahy Commends Work Of Marine Pilots

June 14, 2016

Minister for Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy has been the guest of the Department of Marine and Ports Services this week, and said he was ”extremely impressed with the professionalism, skill and knowledge” of the crew.

As the Minister continues to immerse himself in his new Ministry, he is being brought up to speed on the work being done by the various departments.

Together with Permanent Secretary Randy Rochester, he boarded the pilot boat St. David’s, at Ordinance Island in St. George’s to gain first hand insight as to how Bermuda’s Marine Pilots bring cruise ships into port.

 Anthem of the Seas Staff Captain Wendy Williams, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Randy Rochester, Anthem of the Seas Ship’s Captain Erik Standal, Minister Fahy, and, Department of Marine and Ports Services Director Designate, Rudy Cann.

Minister on cruise ship Bermuda June 14 2016

The events were coordinated by the department’s Director Designate, Rudy Cann.

Minister Fahy said that he was “extremely impressed with the professionalism, skill and knowledge” of the crew, which included Engine driver Dylan Simpson, and Leading Seaman Mark Bean.

He said, “The ocean was fairly rough coming out of St. George’s, but the pilot boat Coxswain Kevin Barnes and the crew simply steamed the pilot boat through the choppy waters and came alongside the mega ship Anthem of the Seas. It was a smooth process getting us aboard.”

Permanent Secretary  Randy Rochester, Deputy Pilot Warden Mario Thompson, and Minister Fahy

Minister on cruise ship Bermuda June 14 2016 2

“I was proud to see a fellow Bermudian, Deputy Pilot Warden Mario Thompson, taking the helm of the massive cruise ship from Captain Erik Standal and guiding it through the North Channel and safely into the Heritage Wharf in Dockyard. He provided navigational advice to the international crew to guide the ship into port.

The Minister added, “This is an excellent career for young people. I would strongly encourage our Bermudian men and women to consider the possibilities in the marine field.

“I learned from the local crew of available opportunities. This is a field that opens doors to work on the high seas around the world from places such as New Zealand, Australia, together with Africa and the Caribbean.”

Deputy Pilot Warden Mario Thompson and Senior Pilot Wendell Burchall discuss guiding the Anthem of the Seas in on her inaugural visit last month:

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  1. These guys don’t need no phony accolades and fake smiles to be honored, so now your proud to be associated with Bermudians, even though you and your party are STILL legislating anti – Bermudian policies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    F!@#ing Bull S!@#

  2. ReallyReallyBETTTY says:

    Minister Fahy ”extremely impressed with the professionalism, skill and knowledge” of the crew.”…. thanks Minister Fahy for acknowledging the hard work ethics of the Marine and Ports Staff, Civil Servants. This is also found in other departments in government. There are a higher percentage of hard workers across government.

    Well said Minister Fahy. Mario & Wendal looking good there Pilot….

    Congratulations Workers for your hard working commitment.

  3. Terry says:

    Computers.

    Still good Pilots though.

  4. William DC DARRELL says:

    BERMUDA PILOTS ARE RANKED AS THE BEST IN THE WORLD, NOT ONLY THEIR SHIP HANDLING ABILITY BUT THEIR ATTIRE. YOU NEVER SEE NO PILOTS IN THE WORLD IN UNIFORM LIKE THEM.

  5. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ?

    ?

    xenophobic