Spirit Of Bermuda To Be Repaired After Collision

September 10, 2017

Following the collision involving the Spirit of Bermuda and a ferry on Friday evening, the Bermuda Sloop Foundation said the damage is “mostly confined to the bowsprit” and they have “contacted our naval architect and builder to carry out repairs in the next few weeks” and “hope to have this work completed so the 2017/18 school voyages can commence as scheduled.”

Following the collision on Friday night, the police said, “Marine police responded to a reported maritime collision Friday night [September 8th] involving the sailing vessel ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ and the Government ferry ‘Resolute’ in waters near Dockyard.

“There are no reported injuries at this time and the extent of any damage to either vessel is currently unclear. Civilian watercraft came to the assistance of both vessels involved, transporting passengers safely ashore. Inquiries into the circumstances of this incident are being conducted by the marine police.”

Spirit Of Bermuda Fast Ferry Police Boat, September 8 2017 (1)

A Bermuda Sloop Foundation spokesperson said, “Unfortunately, The Spirit of Bermuda was involved in a collision with the ferry Resolute on the evening of Friday September 8, 2017.

“The resulting damage is mostly confined to the bowsprit. An initial survey indicates that all other systems including the hull are fine. Fortunately, there were no injuries on either vessel. It is our belief that the captain and crew acted in a professional manner.

“The Bermuda Sloop Foundation is cooperating fully with Marine and Ports and the Bermuda Maritime Administration authorities throughout this incident with their inquiries and surveys.

“We have contacted our naval architect and builder to carry out repairs in the next few weeks. It’s our hope to have this work completed so the 2017-18 school voyages can commence as scheduled. The replacement of the bowsprit will be necessary for future overseas voyages.

“The Bermuda Sloop Foundation wants to assure the public that the safety and well-being of all students and crew is our top priority.

“We would like to thank the Bermuda public for their assistance, concerns and best wishes. A further statement will be made in the immediate future once the results of the various surveys are known.”

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