The Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ is back up and running in full operation, following that collision with a Government ferry in Dockyard earlier this month.
The marine accident occurred on the night of September 8th, with the ‘Resolute’ off Dockyard, causing damage to the ship’s bowsprit.
Executive Director Branwen Smith-King said today, the ‘Spirit’ underwent repairs and “is now ready to host the M3 School Voyages that start on September 25th”.
The ship was recently surveyed and inspected by the american Bureau of Shipping’s surveyor, who issued “full certification to operate”.
“The Bermuda Sloop Foundation is looking forward to doing the permanent repair work to the bowsprit in the spring of 2018 before the overseas voyages,” said Ms Smith-King.
“The captain and crew are excited to welcome the first group of students from Dellwood School onboard the ‘Spirit of Bermuda’ next week. Parents and families should be assured that the ship is safe; it underwent a high standard of inspection for the ship to be fully operational,” she said.
“The safety of all students, teachers and crew continues to be our top priority. We hope all the new student trainees have an experience of a lifetime on ‘Spirit’ as we begin the new academic school year.”
She also extended a big ‘thank you’ to the Bermuda public, Bermuda Sloop Foundation members and authorities for their ongoing support in this matter.
To the next set of Middle School students scheduled to travel across the high seas during the school year, she said: “Welcome aboard all M3 students!”
- Photo Courtesy of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation