Sailors’ home gives dock-workers shot in arm
Dock-workers will enjoy takeout meals for the next five weeks as a thank you for their efforts over the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Bermuda Sailors’ Home said it wanted to recognise stevedores for “working tirelessly ... day and night to provide Bermuda with all the food and goods needed in our everyday life, without interruption”.
Bob Greig, the charity’s chairman, said: “We want to thank the dock-workers for all of the hard work they do, especially during this period of crisis and uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 virus.
“Bermuda is 100 per cent dependent on feeder vessels that provide a critical service to the island.
“Our dock-workers have been diligently working to ensure that essential food and other vital supplies reach our community without interruptions.”
Meals will be prepared by a team at Mad Hatters restaurant in Hamilton, which is housed in part of the Sailors’ Home building on Richmond Road.
The Sailors’ Home said its charitable purpose was “to ensure the wellbeing together with providing a place of rest for the seafarers who land upon Bermudian shores”.
But it added: “At this time, the crew members are not permitted to leave their vessels and Bermuda Sailors’ Home has decided to direct their support to Bermuda’s dock industry workers.”
The move was welcomed by Warren Jones, the chief executive officer of Stevedoring Services Limited. He said: “The stevedores have a thankless job and carry out their responsibilities quietly and in anonymity.
“We are so thankful to the Bermuda Sailors’ Home for thinking of us. It is a fantastic shot in the arm at a very difficult time.”
Mr Greig added: “From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, dock-workers all over the world have been drastically affected and the entire maritime industry will not be the same.
“Once our island is open again to seafarers from visiting ships, Bermuda Sailors’ Home will be ready to serve them while also adapting to whatever our new normal might be.”
• For more information about the charity visit bermudasailorshome.com
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