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Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers

April 25, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
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22 April, 2014

Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers Despite Advisory


(11:30 a.m. EDT) — Bermuda’s beaches are safe for swimming, according to a statement from the Bermuda Tourism Authority. An advisory, issued by the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda on April 15, has raised concerns about potential beach contamination by sewage in Hamilton, fairly close to where cruise ships dock in King’s Wharf.

The advisory says “ongoing discharge of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard.” However, the study that found these issues was conducted in early 2013, and the conditions that cause them — strong winds and waves in a south-southeasterly direction — are highly specific.

It goes on to mention that risks to swimmers include gastroenteritis, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, staph infections, Hepatitis A, eye infections, and typhoid, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control currently has no travel notices on its site related to Bermuda.

South shore beach, John Smith's Bay - sometimes affected...

South shore beach, John Smith’s Bay – sometimes affected…

“No cruise calls have been impacted, there have been no reported illnesses and, in fact, there have been no beach closures caused by the issue,” reports Terence Gallagher, executive vice president of Lou Hammond & Associates, which oversees public relations for the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

In its statement, the tourism authority points out that the Bermuda Department of Health tests water samples from its beaches on a weekly basis, and the results continue to meet U.S. standards for swimming.

Although contamination is possible with the right combination of infrequent weather patterns, the tourism authority says conditions improve on their own within hours as soon as the weather changes.

“In the meantime, the Bermuda government is working diligently on long-term solutions to ensure the issue is fully rectified,” the statement says.

Cruise lines with upcoming calls on King’s Wharf include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian. None has yet made changes to itineraries as a result of the advisory.

–By Ashley Kosciolek, Copy and Ports Editor

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“Beaches are safe” says Health Minister

April 4, 2014 - Author: bdadmin

Here is a video of the Bermuda Minister of Health disputing the claims of contamination on Bermuda’s beaches by the US Consulate. shot by Bernews:

Here is a chart showing the health of Bermuda’s beach water for the year 2013:

Chart showing the health of Bermuda's beach water

Chart showing the health of Bermuda’s beach water

In response to Warning of Contaminated Beaches by the US Consulate, BEST Chairman Stuart Hayward said, “This is a situation where we are caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea, somewhat literally. The weather conditions that lead to the worst occurrences of pollution from the Seabright outfall are not common.

“To the best of my knowledge, sewage-related diseases have occurred here rarely, if ever. Still, we are the most densely populated oceanic island on the planet. Managing our waste isn’t easy and it isn’t going to get any easier.

“What can we do? Sure we could wish that the message had been a little softer, a little kinder. We could also wish that our waste policy-makers had done a little more, a little sooner. But we can’t make the results of the study disappear. Neither can we fault the US Consul’s discharge of his duty to his homeland’s citizens.

“The best we can hope for is rapid movement to further improve the way we handle sewage, followed by some reflection of that improvement in an updated message from the Consul General to his fellow Americans.

“Meanwhile we need to give far more attention to Bermuda’s carrying capacity: How many people can fit on this Island without making it an unhealthy place to live, and visit,” added Mr. Hayward.

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