Quantum of the Seas
Quantum of the Seas

She’s just too big.

That seems to the simple truth which means shipping channels would need to be dredged if  Bermuda was to host Royal Caribbean’s new mega-liner Quantum of the Seas in 2015.

Simulation tests conducted last month in the US revealed the existing North and South Channels were not big enough to safely accommodate the vessel, especially in high winds.

Therefore if the ship is to be brought to Bermuda in less than two years dredging will need to begin soon.

A Government spokesman told the Bermuda Sun: “The principle dimensions of the vessel, in particular, its predicted draft at 8.5M, was an early indication and evidence that modifications to either channel would be required to ensure safe transit of the vessel.

“The recently completed simulation exercise provided real-time information on the vessel’s performance, maneuvering and handling characteristics under various wind and speed conditions.

“The simulation exercise also provided critical data on channel depth and width requirement in specific areas.

“Technical officers from the Ministry of Public Works in consultation with the Department of Marine & Ports will analyze the simulation report and trial run data, and then provide recommendations that will be considered by Cabinet.”

Earlier this year the Bermuda Sun revealed that Royal Caribbean was keen to bring its newest mega-ship to the island for the 2015 summer season.

But there were question marks over whether the 167,800-ton liner that holds 4,180 passengers would be able to negotiate the island’s narrow shipping channels into Dockyard.

At present the Norwegian Breakaway, which started service to the island in May of this year, is the biggest ship to call in to Bermuda, which she does by transiting the North Channel into the West End.