Annapolis Project Begins Site Preparation for Final Phase
November 25, 2014
Dear Friends, Volunteers and Supporters,
On our last update, we wrote to inform you that on November 4, 2014, the arrest of Annapolis actioned by Wes Roots of WR Marine Services had been overturned by the Federal Court thereby releasing the project from further risks of delay. We also advised that the work of preparing the ship before sinking is now the focus and that we would be renewing our call foryour volunteer help in the days and weeks to come.
In recent weeks, the Reef Society has carefully planned and is working with regional marine operators and other individuals providing their professional skills, time and equipment in the next step of project operations. On November 22, an important task was accomplished when 40 tons of concrete anchors were strategically placed in deep water as part of the anchoring system in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park. The shore line rocks within the Bay will soon be drilled to set heavy duty anchor pins in readiness for when the ship is towed over to the sink site. We will soon post pictures on our web site of the activities that took place. Click here to see photos from the preparations.
Full scale operations in Long Bay are set to begin on December 1, and will be professionally organized under Work Safe BC regulations. We plan to maximize our time on site by having a full facility live aboard support vessel tied to the ship. This will allow for up to 8 persons to overnight in comfort as long as needed. With crews on station daily we expect to ready the ship on a timely basis with your help.
The Society is asking for your help. Anyone who may be available during weekdays for 2-3 days in a row can contact me directly. Transportation will be worked out and we will provide the rest. The first full and open volunteer call is for December 6 and will continue weekly. The scope of work is organizing the decks, collecting residual metals for recycling, preparing diver signage, banners, and assisting on other tasks as directed. With your renewed energy and commitment to the project we can all look forward to a very happy and successful project end.
We will continue to provide updates on our progress so that we can determine a sink date in the New Year. Please advise if you are available during the week and we will provide all the details. We look forward to seeing the volunteer team back aboard Annapolis soon.
As always, if you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Rick Wall, Director
ANNAPOLIS PROJECT TO RESUME!!!
November 6, 2014
Dear Friends, Volunteers and Supporters,
As you can imagine, the story of the Annapolis Project is a complicated one on many levels, and the Reef Society has kept working diligently to make this project a success for Vancouver. This has been no easy task given the myriad of complicated project circumstances that the ARSBC management continues to cautiously navigate through. We know this has been a long project-in-waiting for everyone who spent time with us preparing the vessel. The hard work you provided through volunteerism to help prepare the Annapolis is sincerely appreciated and has paid off.
Annapolis Project Update
November 14, 2014
Dear Friends, Volunteers and Supporters
This is a brief update to tell you know we are mobilizing the final phase of the project. A great deal of organizing is happening at this time to get the basic infrastructure back aboard the ship, this includes equipment, tools and manpower.
We are working with local marine service operators and other professionals who are being incredibly helpful working with the ARSBC on the myriad of complex details. We expect to be operational very soon and will likely be ready for volunteer participation before month end.
As always if you have any questions, please contact us directly.
Rick Wall, Director Navy Liaison
Cc: ARSBC Executive
Artificial Reefs in Cartoons
Artificial reefs, and the ARSBC, have featured in several editorial cartoons over the years. Our favourites are from Adrian Raeside (www.raesidecartoon.com), editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times-Colonist. Here are the ones that we have saved over the years....
The Annapolis Project
In March, 2008, the Artificial Reef Society acquired the de-commissioned Canadian Navy ship ex-HMCS Annapolis, with plans to prepare her to become an artificial reef in the waters around Vancouver. It has been quite a ride since that time!
Please visit the Annapolis page, to read about the ship and the people who have supported the project for the past eight years to prepare her for sinking.