Removal Of Abandoned Boats Gets Underway

April 11, 2018

In February, the Department of Environment & Natural Resources and the Department of Marine & Ports Services advised the public that 17 abandoned boats – owners unknown – would be removed from the water and disposed of.

That process is underway with a number of vessels being removed from the Ferry Reach, St. George’s area and then trucked away for disposal.

Boat Removal Bermuda, April 10 2018

The Department previously said, “The 17 ‘unknown’ abandoned vessels are located in the Ferry Reach, Mullet Bay, Coney Island and Mill’s Creek areas and are not only unsightly but also present a hazard to other motoring vessels.”

“Pursuant to the Marine & Ports Authority [Dumping] Regulations 1967, the Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs may direct the disposal of any vessel which has been abandoned and is likely to become unsightly or impedes the free navigation of the territorial waters of Bermuda.

“In doing so, the Minister may direct that the person responsible for the abandonment of the vessel be liable for the costs associated with the disposal of the vessel.”

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  1. Micro says:

    They’re abandoned, put them up for auction. Some of these are probably salvageable.

  2. Cow Polly says:

    Good decision!

  3. Kim Smith says:

    Kudos for getting these boats removed… long overdue for some of them.

  4. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Who’s paying for all this…better not be we guys d taxpayer smfh!

    • BDAGIRL says:

      Look who will be getting paid to remove these boats, non other thanIsland Construction.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Who do you think is picking up the tab? Of course it will be the taxpayer. Who else? Chasing the owners down & into court will cost more than the removal. Just because somebody owns a boat does not mean that they have money to pay for a removal job that costs more than the boat is worth.