Ship Traveling From Germany Diverts To Island

February 22, 2015

The Liberian registered container vessel Northern Dexterity — traveling from Germany, to the U.S.A — diverted to Bermuda early this morning [Feb 22] due to a crew member, suffering from suspected shingles, requiring medical care.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “At approximately 4pm Friday 20th February, 2015, Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from the Liberian registered container vessel Northern Dexterity, over 700 miles east-northeast of Bermuda, reporting the need to urgently bring an ill crewmember ashore.

Photo of Northern Dexterity courtesy of Fleetmon


“Following medical advice from the German Medical Centre in Cuxhaven and subsequent advice from the U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon, it was agreed that the vessel should continue at best speed to disembark the patient in Bermuda, approximately 35 hours later.

“M/v Northern Dexterity, on route from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Charleston, U.S.A. arrived off the east end of Bermuda at 7:45 am, today Sunday 22nd February, 2015, disembarking the patient via Marine & Ports pilot boat St David. The crew member, suffering from suspected shingles, was taken via ambulance to King Edward VII memorial hospital.”

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