LAST DAYS FOR ICONIC WRECK
TOWNSVILLE-based contractor Pacific Marine Group will begin dismantling the Whitsunday Magic shipwreck from this week.
The iconic shipwreck has been stranded since nasty northerly winds blew it on to the Cannonvale Beach foreshore more than four years ago.
The Whitsunday Magic’s colourful history started in 2011 when it sank off Shute Harbour for “unknown reasons”.
A Maritime Safety Queensland spokesman said the removal of the shipwreck was scheduled for Monday, but Pacific Marine Group said it would begin later this week and take 10 days.
“It is expected the vessel will be dismantled in situ and pieces loaded onto a barge for transport to Townsville for disposal,” the spokesman said.
“Onlookers should keep well clear of the site and be mindful of possible machinery movements associated with the project.
“The salvors will use an engineer to plan for the deconstruction and care will be taken with loading the barge to ensure debris does not fall off and litter the seabed.” People operating boats in the area are requested to be mindful of the barge operation.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said while he understood many residents and tourists alike considered the shipwreck to be a tourist attraction, he trusted it had gone through a thorough process.
“I have heard people think it’s great, there would be a lot of tourists that go around it and would probably be some good fishing around it, but the reason it will be moved is based on a number of factors and I don’t know the process,” he said.
“The cost to remove it would be significant, but there must be some fundamental reasons why they are removing it.”
The Whitsunday Times has made further inquiries with MSQ regarding the cost of the removal.
ICONIC LANDMARK: The wreck of the Whitsunday Magic in Pioneer Bay.