All of our 20 moorings have been released from their concrete blocks at depths varying from 15 to 36 metres, and have been brought ashore for checking, cleaning, repairing and replacing components where necessary. They will now be safely stored until April 2015.
Some history and cyclone setbacks.
However all the mooring blocks remain on the sea bed in Alofi Bay and ‘long may they rest in peace.’ One would think that 5 tonnes of concrete block would remain where they were left, but with Cyclone Heta on 4th January 2004, NYC lost 10 out of the 16 mooring blocks. Some we could see, but they had been rolled down the steep sea bed slope into very deep water, well beyond the safe level for our divers. Others just “disappeared”. Continue reading