37 ‘Abandoned & Derelict’ Boats To Be Removed

January 17, 2022

37 “abandoned and derelict boats” will be “removed from the water and disposed of,” the Ministry advised today, with the boats located in the Riddell’s Bay, Lagoon Park, Stock’s Harbour, Marginal Wharf, St. George’s Harbour and Great Bay areas.

A Government spokesperson said, “Today the Ministry of Transport, Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] and the Department of Marine and Ports Services are advising the public that 37 abandoned and derelict boats – owners unknown – will shortly be removed from the water and disposed of.

“This is a joint programme between Government and Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB] in accordance with an MOU signed by the Minister of Transport.

“The 37 ‘unknown’ abandoned and derelict vessels are located in the Riddell’s Bay, Lagoon Park, Stock’s Harbour, Marginal Wharf, St. George’s Harbour and Great Bay areas and are not only unsightly but also present a hazard to other motoring vessels.

Collage made from some of the images contained in the notice, which you can read in full below

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“Government cannot currently find any characteristic names or boat registration details on these abandoned and derelict boats,” the Ministry explained.

“However, if you are the owner of any of these boats, you have 30 days from today, Monday 17, January 2022, to remove your vessel from its current location and relocate it to a site that does not contravene the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 2002, the Marine Board Act 1962, the Marine & Ports Authority [Dumping] Regulations 1967 or any other law of Bermuda. To review the notice and list of abandoned and derelict vessels, visit gov.bm/theofficialgazette/notices/gn00862022.

“Should you wish to identify to Government whether any of these vessels belong to you, you can voluntarily agree to allow the Ministry to dispose of it at no cost to you by completing a consent form and returning it to the Department of Marine & Ports Services. You can contact the Department of Marine & Ports Services to obtain the consent form, which will also be posted on the Government website www.gov.bm.

“However, if you do not respond within 30 days from today, Monday 17, January 2022, your vessel may be disposed of, and if the vessel identity is subsequently determined upon recovery, then the costs incurred as a result of said disposal may be payable by you.

“Pursuant to the Marine & Ports Authority (Dumping) Regulations 1967, the Minister of Transport may direct the disposal of any vessel which has been abandoned and is likely to become unsightly or impede 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. The Ministry of Public Works will provide the disposal site and the disposal of hazardous wastes removed from each vessel.

“For all abandoned or derelict boats where the owner is known, Government will be contacting those boat owners in due course before the boats’ removal. For more information, please contact pollutioncontrol@gov.bm.”

The full Vessel Details Document follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. wahoo says:

    37 boats removed equates to about 5,000 potholes not being filled.

    • Morris Maline says:

      I agree with you. Repair and keep the roads in good condition.

      • Stupidest country in the world says:

        Rising cost of living
        Covid numbers going up.
        Gun violence
        You travel to countries that have worse roads that are under constant repair.
        You want progress and things fixed but you grumble when this is done.
        How sad . How sad and to make matters worse u will be the first to complain if taxes went up to make instant repairs which you do not even make on your own car or house .A typical childish response given the bigger problems we have .

    • Silly says:

      Left there a long time you complain. Do something yiu still complain. How dumb.

  2. puzzled says:

    Glass Bottom glossing from Government.

    All these years and nothing.
    With all thats going on in Bermuda some a-hole want to do this?
    Where is the money to help Bermuda heal and help those that need it.
    I give up.

    • Ouch says:

      I told you.
      The Govt does nothing criticism
      The Govt does take action. Criticism
      Can’t win.
      Try running your own life like that.

  3. Triangle Drifter says:

    I mam quite surprised at all of the criticism at finally making a start at getting these boats removed. My guess is that the complainers are neither boat owners nor anyone in the hospitality industry who makes a living showing visitors the beauty of the island from the water.

    I remind those complainers that boat owners, tourboat operators & visitors pay taxes too. Taxes are paying for the removal of these eyesores which have been there far too long.

    There is no excuse for the delay. Marine & Ports people should have identified these boats & their owners long ago. What is going on at M&P? It used to be one of the few better run Government departments.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Agree, and I’d go further and push for legislation that makes the owner responsible for removal.