News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – As announced during the 2024/2025 Throne Speech, the Ministry of Transport is steadfastly advancing toward enhancing public transportation services, including strategically purchasing two 40-meter 550-passenger Fast Ferries. 

Minister of Transport, Wayne Furbert, underscored: “The investment into our ferry fleet, the largest budget item in 2024/2025 capital plan, is a testament to our commitment to modernising public transportation. This purchase will replace the JE Cecil Smith and Warbaby Fox ferries and is a significant step towards meeting the increasing demand for efficient and sustainable transportation options. With their advanced features and increased capacity, these new vessels signify a substantial investment in maritime infrastructure and promise to revolutionise the commuting experience. They will significantly improve marine connectivity and accessibility for residents and visitors. 

Following a robust procurement process for the vessel’s build, the Department of Marine and Ports Services secured a contract for $19.5 million with Strategic Marine of Singapore to build the new ferries. Strategic Marine has the expertise to design and build vessels that meet the highest safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability standards. The ferries are expected to be in service within 18 months. 

Strategic Marine hosted the keel laying ceremony in Singapore in April to mark the significant beginnings of the vessel’s life. The Director of the Department of Marine and Ports Services, Rudy Cann, and various supply partners attend the event.  

The Department of Marine and Ports Services regulates and safely operates Bermuda’s maritime affairs, including marine border security, search and rescue, and public transportation.