Monday, October 06, 2014
The 54 years old former automotive and rail ferry, Ærøsund II, has become an artificial reef for the benefit of fishers and scuba divers in the waters off Svendborg Sund in Denmark.
The artificial 55 m long reef is expected to attract fish and sea animals and to serve as a destination for scuba divers.
This is the first case when such a large ship has been intentionally sunk in Denmark. After long discussions, alterations were made before sinking to provide easier access for divers and make it more environmentally friendly.
The sinking occurred Sunday, October 5, 2014
The ferry was designed by KNUD E. HANSEN A/S and delivered in May 1960. It had a capacity of 400 passengers and 35 cars. The ferry was long-lived and highly successful, remaining on her original route until August 1999.
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