BELCO Crew Departing for Restoration Efforts In Tortola
We are pleased to advise that BELCO’s Lineman Crew, originally scheduled to depart for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on September 16th will be flying out tomorrow, September 27th.
Following the devastating effects of the 185mph winds of Category 5 Hurricane Irma to BVI’s electricity infrastructure, BELCO had responded to a request for urgent support from the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) by confirming the availability of a team of 6 Linemen Crew.
Due to the impending direct impact of Hurricane Maria to BVI, the need to ensure the safety of our Team members and the need to ensure Bermuda had enough manpower in the event Hurricane Maria set course for Bermuda, BELCO delayed the departure of the Crew. New travel arrangements were undertaken as soon as BELCO was advised by CARILEC that it was safe to do so.
The Lineman Team travelling to BVI includes:
- Chad Brimmer – Foreman
- John Martin – Lineman, Grade 1
- Marcus Astwood – Lineman Apprentice
- Shawn Wade – Lineman, Grade 1
- Sherman Trott – Lineman, Grade 1
- Stevon Trott – Lineman Apprentice
They will spend the next four (4) weeks working alongside the BVI Electric Company in rebuilding BVI’s electricity infrastructure and restoring electricity to the people of BVI.
BELCO’s Vice President of Grid Operations reiterated his pride for the Team. “I am extremely proud of these guys. This is no small task and will not be undertaken in an environment of comfort. Their expertise is going to be used to bring back some sense of hope to BVI residents as they work through the rebuilding of infrastructure and restoration of power.”
Please keep our colleagues in mind as they use their best practices to help bring power back online to the residents of BVI.