Video: New Airport Terminal Roof Wetting

January 24, 2019

[Updated] The roof wetting of the New Passenger Terminal Building of the LF Wade International Airport is being held this afternoon [Jan 24] at the site of the Airport Redevelopment Project. We will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below.

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 21-minute replay is below

Update 6.38pm: A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Skyport today celebrates the completion of the roof for the new passenger terminal building at the LF Wade International Airport.

“A traditional Bermudian roof wetting celebration marked the occasion with pours from a special bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum by Minister of Tourism & Transport, Zane DeSilva, Skyport President Aaron Adderley, Canadian Commercial Corporation President & CEO Martin Zablocki, Aecon Concessions President and Skyport Chairman Steve Nackan and Frank Ross, Executive Advisor, Aecon Infrastructure.

Mr. Adderley says: “We are pleased to be able to celebrate such a magnificent milestone here at the LF Wade International Airport – the completion of the roof for the new terminal.

“It wasn’t that long ago when we broke ground and here we are, steadily moving along toward a completed, state-of-the-art facility. Thanks to the excellent workmanship on the site, the project is on schedule and due for completion next year.”

Photo taken by Nhuri Bashir

Roof Wetting Bermuda Jan 24 2019

Mr. Nackan says: “Bermuda is now one step closer to having a world-class, modern airport terminal for Bermudians and visitors alike to enjoy. I would like to thank our partners on this project, including the Government of Bermuda, Bermuda Airport Authority, the Government of Canada, all the subcontractors, workers and the Bermuda community at large.”

“In addition to the completion of the roof, several smaller milestones have taken place since the project began in March 2017. The structural steel was completed in November and was celebrated with a steel topping ceremony, which is a tradition in Canada.

“The building is due for completion in the summer of 2020.“

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  1. DeOnion says:

    aide de campe? why?

  2. Double S says:

    Why would any self-respecting PLP representative be present at this event? Rank hypocrites once again.

    • Kimberley Smith says:

      Because they are the government??

      • Double S says:

        Kim you can play cute, but might I remind you of their vehement opposition and vitriol towards this project? Now they are more than willing to be involved in photo ops. So rank hypocrites is an apt description.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Self-respect is not part of the PLP lexicon. Self-loathing however..

      Zane though, really? What a massive hypocrite although we ought not to be surprised.

    • wahoo says:

      Rum shots apparently.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      I’m sure that on the day the ribbon is cut and it’s declared open they will even say it was their initiative ! lol

    • Real Deal says:

      Because they are government and not kids

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      It’s called being a professional by representing the job position that you hold rather than being petty. All while being sure not to be caught & recorded saying it’s all a waste of bleeping time.

      • Double S says:

        Maybe they should have tried being professional whilst in Opposition.

      • LaV says:

        So, time shall tell, you fully admit that the plp are hypocrites.
        At least one of you is honest.

  3. puzzled says:

    Bermuda is really gonna be another world.

  4. Fact says:

    The OBA gave away 30 years of our hard earned tourist dollars! Many of us my age will never see the airport return to Bermuda’s hands and coffers! Thx OBA – what a bunch of idiots!

    • wahoo says:

      You forget a lot of facts Fact and that’s a fact. There was and is no way Bermuda could have built this and that is thanks to plpubp. There was a blue ribbon panel put together that agreed that this was the only way forward…..nobody said it was perfect but given our financial situation it was the best. If we want to build monuments to former leaders of opposition then that is the price. Idiot.

    • Trump supporter says:

      Similiar to our current debt, you’ll never see paid off either,
      Thanks PLP.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Gosh, you’ll starve first you clueless twit

    • Truthhertz says:

      What do you have to say a out the PLP giving away $30mn a year for 30 years to build a hospital wing? Let me guess they are financial geniuses right?

      Amazing how PLP zealots thinking that knows netter than the umpteen professionals who signed off on the deal as being a good one overall.

    • What about the idiots that put this small island into billions of dollars in debt. That is what you should talk about. We get a brand new airport that will last for a hundred years after the thirty. Who is maintaining our airport now and paying the bills it’s not us taxpayers it’s the great people that own Aecon. It’s not like the airport makes millions a year. Do you research before you speak.

    • WSP says:

      @ fact,what about the debt the PLP caused that my great grandchildren will inherit.

    • Ringmaster says:

      The PLP gave away more than 30 years of your hard earned money to sell Bermuda to foreign banks in exchange for debt. People of your age, or your children, will ever see Bermuda back to a position when it is not owned by foreign banks thanks to the PLP.

      • Double S says:

        Shhhhh.. “Fact” doesn’t do well with actual facts.

    • Why don’t you talk about the billons people put this island in debt. You nor your grand kids will live to see the day the debt is paid back. You are the idiots again???

    • Not exactly says:

      And you’ll never see the hospital return to Bermudian hands either. What a stupid comment.

    • Bird says:

      The old airport was not profitable. Spent more money fixing it then we did making money. What u talkin about lol…

    • LaV says:

      “The OBA gave away 30 years of our hard earned tourist dollars!”

      No, you’re thinking of the hospital, and it was your plp who sold bermuda to the lowest bidder.

      25 – 11 :)

    • Starting Point says:

      because it is all about you right? Typical attitude, if it doesn’t help me then F it. Who cares about my kids or their kids, its all about me.


    • Starting Point says:

      Then again, you prob only see your kids one saturday a month so i assume it is all about you.

    • Harry Buttle says:

      Or you could say that we’ve avoided an even larger burden that would have meant a substandard airport facility for 30 years and even more unsustainable debt. I shudder to think about a similar scale project managed by a local company with the ghosts of Berkeley, Kings Wharf and Port Royal still fresh in our collective minds.

    • Chris Nelson says:

      The irony of your username ‘fact’ is not lost on me.

  5. Blind Sheep says:

    Thaught they was against this…thaught wrong.

  6. sage says:

    Aren’t roof wettings for completed projects?

    • Chris Nelson says:

      Not always. Often they are held as soon as the building is watertight.

      • Bruce says:

        that is correct. Once the ROOF is finished (not the entire building) the ceremony is held.

  7. Trump supporter says:

    Hypocrites and fakes.

  8. Red rose says:

    Good to see the plp supporting this! Oh my, what a bunch of hypocrites SMH

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    Wait for opening day. They will be down there dressed up in their best finery clucking away at how wonderful it is.

  10. Donderered says:

    Look at zane .. all smiles talking about something the plp is meant to despise. You cannot be serious! Hahahahaha
    Did $150k a year minister without portfolio give you permission to do this?

  11. Bdaguy says:

    Why is Zane dasilva all the noise this government and now they want to take the credit for it when expecially Zane DeSilva

  12. kangoocar says:

    Hypocrisy has no limits with the plp, the new Airport should be renamed “ Bob Richards International “ because if the plp while in opposition had it their way, there would be NO new airport!

    • Coffee says:

      because if the plp while in opposition had it their way, there would be NO new airport! I agree !

      Flip side … We wouldn’t be indebted to Canada for a generation either!

      Who complained about the existing airport …. Bob Richards ….. That’s the reason WE retired him !

      • LaV says:

        “Who complained about the existing airport”

        The international airport safety authority…they gave you 20 years to bring your airport up to current security standards, otherwise flights to and from the US, Canada and the UK would stop.
        The fact that you don’t understand this is not surprising.

    • smudge says:

      here here

    • mixitup says:

      ‘Bob Richards Intl?” You are a joke! Where did the PLP say that their should be no new Airport? Stop your lies..

      • LaV says:

        ” Where did the PLP say that their should be no new Airport?”

        open a newspaper sometime.
        You lies are pathetic.
        you are pathetic.

  13. No shame in PLP what so ever they love to be the center of attention. We will not even talk about Zane and his arrogance. They all will be there to cut the ribbon to the airport each and everyone of them DID NOT want. They will take the praise though. Hippocrates at the finest.

  14. WSP says:

    Bob Richards International,sounds good.

  15. pickle fork says:

    what a load of crap. just days ago he was on AECON case again, but when its photo op, rum ,lets all praise the pop look who’s front and center. Zane can you spell two faced??

  16. Misty says:

    Here’s Zane DeSilva taking all the credit for something the PLP are totally against….Bob Richards needs to be up front when the ribbon is cut to take all the credit.

  17. DISRESPECT says:

    Have a Bless Day

  18. LaV says:

    Hypocrisy, like makin’ babies, is Bermudas national sport.

  19. me says:

    I shake my head us Bermudians march for all the wrong things a new airport ,marriage equality ,immigration reform etc and meanwhile we are getting taxed to the hilt and life gets no easier all so that politicians can get rich quick of our hard earned tax dollars

  20. lion says:

    The PLP was never against a new airport, they were against the way the contract was awarded. We all know we needed a new airport.

    • question says:

      There’s a rewriting of history. Otherwise known as a blatant lie.

      • Double S says:

        It is as if they don’t realise the internet never forgets…

  21. LaV says:

    “The PLP was never against a new airport, they were against the way the contract was awarded. ”


  22. lol says:

    This is a “wrong if you do,wrong if you don’t situation!!

    What were PLP supposed to do in this situation?

    >Tell “retired” OBA members/leaders come take pics?
    >Not haave a roof wetting ceremony?
    >Take pics and look miserable?
    >Or do what they did yesterday?

    Honest opinions only pleaseeee.

    • Miss CC says:

      they should have 1) apologized for all the lies and propoganda they published about this project 2) apologized to Bob Richards 3) told the “protestors” – where is Tweedy? that the PLP ‘had to deceive you’ yet again. that’s what they SHOULD have done if they wanted to stand up there and take credit.

  23. Y-Gurl says:

    Predictably the PLP are now on board this great idea and opportunity for Bermuda to pay the Canadians million$ for the next 30years….politicians

  24. Andrew= says:

    So typical…This is a back slapping coup by the powers we elect. PLP are now fully engaged and are in it to win it…contrary to their cry to battle against this development. It is a monumental failure to the idea of transparency, a failed mission to the very people who elected ALL these politicians and a string of marketing pandering to the failed engagement of Bermudians other than to be contrary for contrary sake. The design is NOT Bermudian, Bermudians have not been the builders..rather assistants in the construction…tokenism at best, the design is most definitely unproven in our environment and I see another fiasco on the horizon…Mark my words! …BUT…crry on the Emperors new suit looks great ..doesn’t it???