The Kittiwake sinking is now scheduled for Wednesday, 5 January at 10am.
The ship is now at her sinking site off West Bay Public Beach but winds of 15 knots were too high to allow for the process to go ahead.
The absolute maximum wind for the procedure is 12 knots, with under 10 knots most favourable, explained Stephen Broadbelt, past president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, at a dedication ceremony aboard the vessel on Monday which was attended by private and public sector representatives.
Anything over 12 knots meant that a delay was unavoidable for safety and environmental reasons.
Optimal conditions are required to ensure the new dive site and artificial reef sinks perfectly and rests at the correct site. Once down, the Kittiwake will become a permanent part of the protected natural area as an artificial reef and dive site. There will also be
ongoing, decades-long research into sealife population.
Large crowds of interested tourists and locals flocked to West Bay Public Beach throughout Monday afternoon in order to tour around the vessel on special tender boats.
of the sinking site will be marked and all unauthorised boats must stay outside
the perimeter. Channel 14 on your VHF radio will be reserved for Kittiwake
updates to the general public.
operators will be invited to have their staff do an orientation the
afternoon following the sinking. Following the above schedule the first dive
will take place on 7 January (starting at 10am),” said an update on the
Reception & Silent Auction will follow the sinking on Wednesday, 5 January
and be held at Margaritaville from 6pm – 8pm. There will be ship artifacts,
lithographs and many more, the sale of which will help to fund and support the
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