Pilot boat repairs mostly covered by insurance, MPs told
A final bill for repair work to a pilot boat damaged last year is still to be delivered, the House of Assembly heard yesterday.
Lawrence Scott, the transport minister, told MPs that the Department of Marine and Ports awaited “the final invoices relating to the repairs”.
He said that the cost to the Government to fix the St David would not go above $10,000 because the bulk of the bill would be covered by insurance.
Mr Scott was speaking after he was questioned by Susan Jackson, the shadow transport minister, about the cost of the repairs.
Mr Scott said there had been no indication from the boat’s insurer that the Government’s premiums would rise as a result of the accident, which happened during an exercise.
He added there had been no change in training policy after the accident last May when the boat hit a reef en route to the Northeast Breaker Beacon.
Mr Scott was asked if there had been any disciplinary action taken over the incident.
He told the House that government employment matters were the responsibility of the Head of the Public Service, Derrick Binns.
The boat was repaired at the Gladding & Hearn shipyard in Boston after an assessment by Lloyd’s Classification found damage to the hull and engines.
The St David was transported back to Bermuda on the Oleander and arrived on Monday.
It will return to service after safety checks are completed.