|6 California Ships to Reefs Projects Approved|
Posted by Captain Kevin on February 02, 2009 at 21:40:44:|
Here is the text to the full press release including information about the Ocean Harvest which is potentially headed for the Casino Point dive park.
In addition to the Restless C II, work is also being coordinated on the Gotham City, a 45 ft. concrete hulled sailboat with a displacement of 30 - 40 tons. This ship is currently stored ashore by the Morro Bay Harbor District, and has been described as a “bare hull”, ideal for reefing opportunities. California Ships to Reefs hopes to coordinate the reefing of the Gotham City along with the Restless C II in the Ed Biaginni III Memorial Dive Park, if logistics allow.
The second Southern California opportunity results from a set of pier pilings which will become available as a result of renovations to the Dana Point Harbor dock structure. There are approximately 1200 pilings which will be removed from the harbor dock as a part of renovations beginning in 2010. This renovation will continue through 2020, providing a potential consistent source of reefing materials which might be placed at a sink site near Dana Point Harbor that is currently in the process of being identified.
The final two projects approved by the California Ships to Reefs Board of Directors are vessels formerly used extensively in the Alaskan king crab fishing fleet, the F/V Akutan, a crab processor, and the F/V Capelin, a refrigerated cargo vessel. Both ships are 166 ft. long with the Capelin displacing 421 tons, and the Akutan 380 tons. Due to the larger size of these vessels, deeper water (90 – 120 ft) in areas less susceptible to storm currents and surge would be required for these reef projects. Both vessels are currently located in Seattle, WA. Multiple sites are currently under evaluation for these reefing projects.
For further information, contact Public Relations Committee Chair Kevin Sullivan at (805) 551-8940, or visit the organization’s website at www.californiashipstoreefs.org.
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