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Pilot boat damaged in accident last year still in US shipyard

Run aground: the pilot boat St David is still under repair nine months after suffering damage in an accident (Photo supplied)

The opposition One Bermuda Alliance is to raise questions in Parliament over delayed repairs to a pilot boat that suffered severe damage after it ran aground.

An OBA spokeswoman said that questions had been submitted to the Government on the St David, one of two pilot boats, before the start of the next parliamentary session on Friday.

The spokeswoman added: “At this juncture there will be no comment as supplementary questions have been submitted and answers will be forthcoming in the near future.”

The St David was damaged after it ran aground in May last year during a training exercise.

The crash happened as the boat was en route to the Northeast Breaker Beacon just before 7am on May 6.

The crew of four was uninjured but the boat’s propellers and drive shafts suffered severe damage and the vessel lost power.

Lawrence Scott, the transport minister, told the House of Assembly in July that the craft had been delivered to a boatyard in Massachusetts.

Mr Scott said that the repairs would take between four and eight weeks and cost $600,000. He added that the bill was covered by insurance.

But a spokeswoman for the ministry said in November that the pilot boat was still being repaired — more than two months after the work was meant to be completed.

The spokeswoman refused to give details of an investigation by UK shipping registry Lloyd's of London into the cause of the accident.

She said: “The repairs are ongoing, and the final cost is yet to be determined. Thus far, all costs are covered by our insurer.”

The spokeswoman said last week that the final cost could not be determined until the repairs were completed

She said: “As previously reported, the St David is at the Gladding & Hearn shipyard in Boston, receiving full repairs.

“To determine the full extent of the damage, the St David received a full inspection by the shipyard engineers and Lloyd’s in July 2021.

“Additional repairs were required to the main engines. Shipping supply-chain issues for replacement parts did impact the repairs time frame.

“The final estimate cannot be given until the vessel arrives back in Bermuda.

“All costs continue to be covered by our insurer. St David is scheduled to arrive in Bermuda in mid-March 2022.”

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Published February 02, 2022 at 10:58 am (Updated February 02, 2022 at 10:58 am)

Pilot boat damaged in accident last year still in US shipyard

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