A cruise ship did some significant damage to a coral reef in Grand Cayman while it was anchored there on Tuesday, December 8.
Cayman 27 reports the MV Zenith cruise ship which is currently operated by Croisières de France, a cruise line owned by Spanish based Pullmantur Cruises did significant damage to a section of reef near George Town in the Cayman Islands.
Scott Prodahl, a dive instructor with Don Foster’s Dive Cayman told the site that “The chain was draped across that whole entire span of the reef, so the area that it covered was absolutely massive,” he went on to say “The anchor was well within the reef, and the chain was draped across the entire reef, constantly moving back and forth across the reef and causing a lot of damage as it did that.”
Scott Prodahl posted a video of the heartbreaking anchor damage on YouTube which you can watch below. The footage was taken around an hour after the Anchor was first dropped.
The problem about this Anchor damage is the Zenith ship was positioned in the correct anchorage zone. Even though the cruise ship can’t be blamed for being in the wrong position its anchor has caused major damage which will take thousands of years to grow back.
Some people on the popular social networking site twitter have posted their anger towards Royal Caribbean International which is the parent company of the cruise line which operates the Zenith.
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