On the mend: Tug boat Powerful is undergoing repairs leaving just two tugs on the island. *Photo by Robert Harvey
On the mend: Tug boat Powerful is undergoing repairs leaving just two tugs on the island. *Photo by Robert Harvey

One of the island’s three tugboats is currently undergoing major repair work in the United States.

Powerful was sailed over to Jacksonville at the end of last month so the repairs could be done.

It means that there are currently two tugs, Faithful and the Edward M Stowe, in service on the island. 

Both were in action earlier this week when they pulled the warship, HMS Lancaster, off her berth in Hamilton out into the harbour for her departure.

Two tugboats are also required whenever tankers arrive at the Oil Docks in St George’s.

A spokesperson for Marine and Ports said: “The Tug Powerful departed Bermuda on May 26 for a Jacksonville, Florida shipyard where she has been slipped for a detailed survey of her hull, rudders and propellers; inspection of her anchoring system; bottom and hull painting as well as various repairs to her side fendering.

“Her fuel and water tanks are also being emptied and repaired as needed.

“All survey and repair work is being undertaken to the highest standards and overseen by surveyors from Lloyds Register.

“Originally built for the Bermuda Government and launched in the UK in 1988 the Powerful is expected to return to Bermuda at the end of June.” n