After a voting process lasting over a month, the Montserrat community at home and abroad hasÂ voted to name the new police patrol vessel, which is expected to arrive in Montserrat in April, theÂ â€œMV Heliconia Starâ€.
According to a release from the Governor’s Office, a voting panel comprising the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Head of theÂ Marine Unit, the Financial Secretary, the Head of the Governorâ€™s office and Ms Rose Willock, chose a
shortlist of seven names from the 138 suggested by the public and these were put to the public voteÂ two weeks ago.
With a â€œone person, one voteâ€ rule, this is how the public voted on the Governorâ€™sÂ office Facebook page.
Heliconia Star 41
Emerald Isle 9
The UK Maritime Coastguard Agency has confirmed that no other vessel on the UK or MontserratÂ shipping register currently carries this name and it is therefore eligible to be used.
The person who suggested this name in the initial round was Ms Edith Duberry and we will be inÂ touch with her to discuss the prize she will receive.