The Oleander is now scheduled to leave the US on November 9. <em>*File photo</em>
The Oleander is now scheduled to leave the US on November 9. *File photo

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31: The Oleander has been forced to cancel her next trip to Bermuda because of the damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.

The container ship was next due to arrive in Hamilton on Monday.

But Bermuda Container Line announced today that it had can cancelled the voyage due to 'unprecedented damage' to the New York and New Jersey areas.

A statement released this afternoon said: "At this point we do not have a status update on the terminal in NJ, or the roads leading in.

"We do know that our employees in the area are safe, but unable to get to the office.

"They will be contactable via e-mail and as soon as their phone system comes on line, we will route calls to Bermuda.

"We have heard from a number of shippers throughout the area who are without electricity, but are working to get back to normal as soon as possible.

"This extra time will also enable us to be able to insure that the containers you receive are not contaminated with flood waters and safe to use."

The Oleander is now scheduled to leave the US on November 9 and arrive in Bermuda on November 12.

A spokesman for BCL added: "Currently, the Somers Isles will have a sailing this weekend from Fernandina Beach in Florida to Bermuda.

"We would highly recommend them in order to get your cargo here next week.

"The best contact number is 1-800-207-5447."