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Car Ferry Sunk as Artificial Reef off Brazil!

24 November 2020 - 12:07

After a COVID-related delay, a ropax ferry and an offshore tug have been sunk as part of an artificial reef in Bahia, Brazil. 

Over the weekend, local dive tour operators and contractors sent down the tug Vega and the 300-passenger car ferry Agenor Gordilho in 100 feet of water off Salvador, Brazil. The operation followed a long series of preparatory steps, including the removal of all pollutants. The sinking took about an hour and thirty minutes. 

The site is less than a mile from shore - unusually close in for an artificial reef. It was purposefully chosen to allow easy access for dive tourism, and the first tours could begin as early as next week. Given the bay's thriving marine environment, the organizers of the operation expect that the vessel will be encrusted in marine life within a year's time. 

 



Source: MaritimeExecutive (Click for further of the article)

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