BAHRAIN - 1972
A BIT OF FUN WITH A DIFFERENCE FOR THE DIVERS OF NORDIVE (GULF) LTD.
The problem was that our company had a redundant 50 ft. tug-boat that was costing too much to maintain. If the company sold the boat on the open market, it would be bought by others, repaired cheaply and put into business undercutting our company. The solution - tow the tug out into deep water and . . . . . . . . see for yourself!
After sinking the vessel we enjoyed a dive to inspect the new wreck and took the opportunity to collect fresh fish for the staff and crew of our parent vessel. The occasion was made into a 'fun' day for family of staff. Did we harm the environment? The location was chosen alongside a large existing shipwreck in the Bahrain explosives anchorage.(S.S.Seaostan carrying dynamite, blew up and sank there many years previously). All diesel oil and engine oil was removed from the tug before the event and later diving inspections found it to be alive with a new community of sea-dwelling creatures and teeming with fish life. This operation demonstrated clearly how the sinking of an unwanted vessel can provide a sanctuary for marine creatures and support the environment. A twist in the tail is that when diving the wreck of the larger ship, the last thing I saw before leaving bottom was the ship's safe - lying unopened and face up on the sea-bed. I have never been back.