The current RMS St Helena Shipping Schedule comes to an end in April 2016, just under 12 months away.
In their meeting of Tuesday, 12 May 2015, Executive Council approved the RMS Shipping Schedule from April 2016 to July 2016 and noted the proposed booking policy for the final voyages (241-243) of the RMS St Helena.
The new schedule includes the following four key components:
- A final voyage to Tristan da Cunha in April 2016.
- The RMS being anchored in Jamestown on the proposed official opening of the Airport on 21 May 2016.
- A final voyage to the UK and after disembarking her passengers RMS making a promotional trip up the river Thames and mooring alongside HMS Belfast near the Tower of London.
- The RMS anchored in Jamestown for five days prior to its final sailing to Cape Town.
The focus of these final voyages is to commemorate the life of the RMS over the last 25 years and its strong links to the local community. Consequently, priority booking will be given to residents on St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha. In order to enable the maximum number of people to travel, group bookings will not be accepted (families will not count as a group) and St Helena Line will be looking to fill all available berths onboard.
For the UK voyage the following arrangements apply –
From Monday 1 June at 9am, for a period of two working weeks ending on Friday 12 June at 4pm, bookings will only be accepted for the St Helena to and from the UK and Ascension to and from the UK sectors. Bookings will only be accepted from residents (With a current residential address) on St Helena and Ascension (including those who do not have St Helenian Status).
Bookings will require a deposit to be paid. All bookings during these two weeks can only be made through Solomon’s office on St Helena or AIG on Ascension and will be on a first come first served basis.
At the end of the two-week period, the schedule will be advertised internationally and bookings taken through normal channels with the requirement for a deposit to be paid at the time of booking in accordance with current terms and conditions.
For the Tristan voyage the following arrangements apply –
From Monday 1 June at 9am, for a period of one working week ending on Friday 5 June at 4pm, bookings will only be accepted from residents on St Helena and Tristan (including those who do not have Islander status). Bookings will only be accepted from people whose current residential address is on St Helena or Tristan and once a deposit has been paid. For those resident on St Helena there will be a limit on the allocation of cabins. All bookings during this week can only be made through Solomon’s Office on St Helena and will be on a first come first served basis.
For a period of two working weeks commencing Monday 8 June at 9am and ending on Friday 19 June at 4pm bookings will only be accepted from members of the Tristan Association. Prior notice of this arrangement will have been issued to the Association. No group bookings will be accepted and a deposit will be required as per current terms and conditions. All bookings during these two weeks can only be made through the AW Shipping Management Office in London.
At the end of this two-week period, the schedule will be advertised internationally and bookings taken through normal channels for the remaining berths with the requirement for a deposit to be paid in accordance with current terms and conditions.
It is hoped by adherence to these arrangements the maximum number of residents on St Helena , Ascension and Tristan can benefit from these final voyages on the RMS which is due to be withdrawn from service in July 2016.
The shipping schedule for April – July 2016 is attached to this release.
SHG & St Helena Line
19 May 2015