A 64-foot catamaran that had been displaced during Hurricane Irma more than four months ago finally has been removed.
The massive, multi-tonne catamaran named ‘Catsy’ was no match when it tussled with Irma on September 6 last year.
Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds of over 185 miles per hour, overturned Catsy on to a guard house at the entrance of Nanny Cay on Tortola.
After a number of attempts to right the vessel by two different companies, a four-man team was then called in to take on the mammoth task.
The vessel was successfully righted through a collaborative effort between Meridian Construction and Commercial Dive Services.
Speaking with BVI News after the job, an employee of Commercial Dive Services, Sascha Kaiser explained that workmen spent more than six hours on Tuesday, and another four hours on Friday prepping and removing the vessel.
“She was actually resting on the guard house at Nanny Cay and there was a concrete structure close by, so we were not able to flip it the way she was. So, we first had to lift her and move her back to about 30 feet so we were clear of any structures or obstructions,” he said.
The process involved moving the boat back and forth, repositioning it, strapping it, flipping it, and using an excavator to dig a trench.
“At one point, we actually had two cranes — one on the bottom and one on the top to hold her up with straps,” Kaiser recalled.
He said the task ran “smoothly without any hitches — no damages or anything.”
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