As Bermuda’s traditional cruise ship season is nearing a close, TNN’s Stefano Ausenda spoke with experienced Dockyard lineman Preston Dill, who expressed excitement that the island is slowly coming back to some form of normality for cruise ships and other large commercial boats.
“ [These ships] keep a dollar in my pocket so that I can do and buy a little more,” he said. “Not only that, I really enjoy the socializing part of it too. All of us linemen get along well.
Ships like the ‘Queen Victoria,’ cement ships and oil ships will still be coming in, but not as often as the Norwegian cruise ships.”
According to Mr. Dill, despite the season nearing a close, linemen are on call 12 months out of the year in case of hurricanes, emergency docking, etc.
If linemen want time off, they must put in for it and allowances are made. However, he really enjoys being a lineman, Mr. Preston Dill has been in this field over a decade and it does not really seem like work to him.
Hopefully next year things will get back to normal as this pandemic has taken a toll on the cruise ship industry here in Bermuda.
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