Geelong Advertiser, 23 September 2009

Weekend HMAS Canberra sinking plans postponed

Weekend HMAS Canberra sinking plans postponed

By Peter Begg, Geelong Advertiser

The former HMAS Canberra will not be sunk this weekend, due to a forecast of wind and rain on grand final weekend.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 — The former naval frigate was scheduled to be sunk on September 12, but the event was postponed because of bad weather.

The Port of Geelong Harbourmaster Captain Dilip Abraham said the weather bureau was again predicting rather unstable conditions for this weekend so the sinking would not be possible.

Organisers of the sinking will need two consecutive days of calm weather to tow the Canberra out through The Heads and prepare for the sinking.

The former navy frigate is to become a diving reef about 3km off Ocean Grove.

Meanwhile, the Kan Tan IV oil rig took advantage of stable conditions on Monday to leave Corio Bay.

Capt Abraham said there was a window of calm weather on Monday morning until 1pm.

"So we just got everything together early morning at 4 o'clock and she cast off at about 5.30 and passed Point Richards about 10 o'clock," he said.

"She will be in Port Phillip Bay for a day when they will do some inclining tests to see how stable she is after the repairs.

"She will be towed out most probably the day after tomorrow by two big tugs for somewhere in Bass Strait."

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