Decision time: The Sea Moon may have to divert its course to Pakistan and head to the US for repairs after an explosion ripped through the ship and caused a Filipino crewmember to be airlifted for medical help. *Photo by Bulker
Decision time: The Sea Moon may have to divert its course to Pakistan and head to the US for repairs after an explosion ripped through the ship and caused a Filipino crewmember to be airlifted for medical help. *Photo by Bulker

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3: The Sea Moon has been stranded off St David’s for the last few days after a major explosion ripped through the tanker’s hatch cover and seriously injured a crewmember.

The ship is fully loaded with coal and was on her way from New Orleans to Pakistan when disaster struck.

She was forced to divert into Bermuda in the early hours of Saturday morning so the 33-year-old Filipino could be brought ashore for treatment.

But the injured sailor’s injuries were so serious he had to be air evacuated to a specialist hospital in Boston.

Meanwhile the ship has remained at Five Fathom Hole over the last four days while surveyors have assessed the damage to determine whether the vessel can continue her journey or has to go back to the US for repairs.

A decision is likely to be taken today.

Diversion

Yesterday the Vision of the Seas cruise ship was also forced to divert into Bermuda so a sick passenger could be brought ashore.

The liner was on her way from the Azores to Fort Lauderdale when she came into Five Fathom Hole at 6pm.

The passenger was transferred on to the Pilot Boat and brought into King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Elsewhere this week the car carrier, Rigel Leader, will bring 37 new machines into Hamilton this morning.

She’ll only be in Bermuda for a matter of hours and will head out across the Atlantic bound for Baltimore at around noon today.

Cruise ships

Also arriving into Dockyard are the Norwegian Star and the Explorer of the Seas for their two-day stays.

The Somers Isles leaves Hamilton today and will be replaced by the Bermuda Islander tomorrow morning.

And that’s about it for this week.

The Oleander is in as per usual on Sunday – but for the second time in three weeks there will be no cruise ships in the West End this weekend.

The Bermuda Sun first reported about the explosion aboard the Sea Moon and the injury to the Filipino sailor on Sunday HERE.