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Artificial Reef - Is anyone interested?

Discussion in 'Wreck Diving' started by Elkfriend, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. Elkfriend

    Elkfriend Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: calgary, canada
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    Hello Folks,

    I have access to a good sized barge on the west coast, it was used for bulk commodities for many years. However, it is at a point where repair is economically difficult, so rather than selling it for scrap, I would love to explore turning it into an artificial reef!

    Current location is in the Vancouver, BC area. I would be willing to donate it to a local dive club or "artificial reef organization", if there is such a thing - in return for some "promotional mileage" for my company and a tax receipt.

    Ideally, a local dive club would take the task on to strip/clean it, figure out what paperwork needs to happen, get all the right permits to sink it and find the right site.

    I would even have it towed to the clean-up location and then later to the "sink" location.

    The barge would make a great wreck, it has big bulk compartments that divers can enter.

    BUT-it all starts out with someone willing to take this project on.

    Send me a PM if you are interested. The more legit the organization/dive club, the easier it will be to make this work.

    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. sunkmail

    sunkmail Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Have you approached the ARSBC?

    A little busy with the Annapolis project right now, but perhaps when that's finished? (You'd have to ask them)
     
  3. sea2summit

    sea2summit Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ft. Benning
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    What's the size?
     
  4. Elkfriend

    Elkfriend Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: calgary, canada
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    Its about 130 ft long, about 40 ft wide and about 30 ft high, made out of steel...

    Any help appreciated!

    Cheers
    Chris
     
  5. Elkfriend

    Elkfriend Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: calgary, canada
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    OK, contacted ARSBC, thank you for the tip. The barge is not as sexy as a destroyer, but would make a fine reef, plus its free...
     
  6. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    Except for the untold amount of money/time necessary to clean it up, secure paperwork, obtain permission, overcome the protestations of whomever is opposed, and ultimately put 'er on the bottom.

    Other than those few details to be worked out... it's free!

    :shocked2:
     
  7. Dave McLean

    Dave McLean Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kenmore, Washington, United States
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    MossBayDiveClub.org - Kirkland, Washington... I would come down to the Dive Expo in Tacoma to discuss this. Edmonds Underwater Park might be a good place for it. Bruce Higgins is the contact.

    Dave McLean
    Director@mossbaydiveclub.org
     

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