3pm update


The ferry service got back underway this afternoon, a Government spokesman has confirmed.

The spokesman said that all staff had returned to work by 2pm and that they had “resumed normal services.”

The move ends a 24-hour stoppage that brought services to a halt in a row over the planned use of a charted boat from overseas to cope with the summer tourist season.

BIU leader Chris Furbert said staff had gone back to work on condition there were further talks with Government over the use of the Millenium, which will be piloted and maintained by two overseas operators, but with a Bermudian crew, and other concerns.


Ferry workers will be back on the job this afternoon, BIU leader Chris Furbert said this morning.

Mr Furbert said Marine & Ports staff were prepared to return to their jobs after he got an 11pm briefing from the Ministry of Transport last night.

He added that he had called a meeting to advise members of the discussion this morning – and that they had agreed to go back to work pending further talks.

The news means that ferries could be back to normal before this evening’s commuter rush hour – although positioning of ferries left idle yesterday may mean it could take some time to restore normal service.

Marine & Ports staff left ferries dead in the water yesterday morning in a row over Government’s decision to charter a ferry and senior crew from overseas to help cope with the summer tourist season.