Time to straighten up, To­bruk

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Govern­ment will re­ceive an ex-HMAS To­bruk post-scut­tling dive sur­vey from Bir­don con­trac­tors in coming days.

It comes af­ter calls for the ex-Navy ship to be up­righted af­ter it landed on its star­board side dur­ing the scut­tling process last month. A Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Sci­ence spokes­woman said such a process would be de­pend on a num­ber of fac­tors.

“Right­ing or par-buck­ling the wreck is a very com­plex and highly weather de­pen­dant op­er­a­tion,” she said.

“The depart­ment are work­ing with con­trac­tor Bir­don to as­sess all avail­able op­tions to en­sure ex-HMAS To­bruk is a safe, world-class dive.”

An ex-HMAS To­bruk dive op­er­a­tor said he be­lieved the wreck should be righted af­ter a dive trip of the for­mer naval ves­sel on Thurs­day.

Cur­rently ly­ing on its side in Great Sandy Marine Park, 25 nau­ti­cal miles off the coast of Her­vey Bay, ex-HMAS To­bruk was in­tended to be a world­wide div­ing hot spot.

Dive op­er­a­tor Brett Lakey said of­fi­cials had been will­ing to as­sess every op­tion.

“Parks and the con­trac­tors have been very, very will­ing to help and as­sist get­ting me out there to dive with the other oper­a­tors,” he said.

Mr Lakey said he be­lieved what he saw dur­ing his dive of the wreck was a glimpse of a promis­ing fu­ture for the wonky wreck.

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