VANCOUVER'S FIRST MAJOR
ARTIFICIAL REEF SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PLANS
TO SINK THE FORMER HMCS ANNAPOLIS ON
JANUARY 17, 2015 IN HOWE SOUND
January 5, 2015
Since 1989, the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) has sunk more ships to create marine habitat than any other non-profit group in the world. Today we are announcing that we are moving forward with plans to sink the former HMCS Annapolis, a 366 foot (110 meter) helicopter-carrying destroyer-escort to create an artificial reef in Halkett Bay Marine Provincial Park on Gambier Island, British Columbia. This involves two steps:
- The ship will be towed from Long Bay (also known as Port Graves) to neighbouring Halkett Bay on January 13, 2015 for anchoring over the sink site. Final preparations will be made before sinking on Saturday January 17, 2015.
- The sinking is expected to take place in the late morning, and as it is a weather-dependent event we advise watching our web site for updates. The viewing public is welcome to attend via watercraft from an establish stand-off distance.
Leading up to the sinking, the Annapolis has been meticulously cleaned of hazardous and pollutant materials in compliance with federal regulations, and an estimated 250 tons of materials; almost everything but the steel hull and aluminum superstructure will have been recycled.
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As a number of our members have boats in the Ladner area, we will do our best to keep up to date information on this project listed on this website. Check back often for updates.
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