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Mammoth boat finally righted at Nanny Cay

Catsy being righted yesterday, January 12. (Photo contributed)

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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  1. Eagle eye says:

    What about removing that blue and white boat at the ferry dock in road town

    • my 2 cents says:

      Just a Thought, but if powers at hand can negotiate with the ferry owner to purchase the disabled ferry, and find a way to properly secure it against the shoreline without interference to the functionality of port, then I believe it can serve as a historic reminder not just for us but also for future generations to always be prepared for mother nature.

      I also believe it can serve as a constant symbol that the B.V.I. and us as a people are not immune to travesty.

      I understand it’s in our best interest to have a clean habitat for residents and visitors, and I fully support the initiative to clean up and rebuild.

      However if this vessel can be polished a bit and a remembrance plague placed side of the ferry, then in its current position it will not only serve as an attraction but also a historic symbol.

      • HMPH says:

        You must be joking – it will rust and be a mess for years to come. The owner would need to pay the Govt to take it off his hands. It is an eyesore and needs to be broken up asap. Although a rusting aging hulk would convey to tourists what to expect here.

        • Retired says:

          The catamaran ferry aground at the RT Ferry dock is of aluminum construction. It will corrode very very slowly in a salt water environment. If left in place as a ‘monument’ to Irma it will probably be gone from corrosion by 3018(1000 yrs from now)!

      • Watcher says:

        I had the same thought. Good idea.

  2. Irma says:

    Now Ira ferry on the waterfront

  3. B&C Lifting Support says:

    Meridian wasn’t the only crane that help flipped that vessel how can you for get B&C Lifting

  4. Wellsah says:

    Can we rent it? We do t have anywhere to live at the moment?

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