Environmentalists are serving up a healthy dose of ‘I told you so’ after a cruise ship ran aground on Bishops Reef in Falmouth Harbour.
The activity to get the ship free involved revving massive engines and churning up silt and debris in an area important to many forms of sea life, including endangered turtles.
“So, this cruise ship – 400 feet long – was stuck on Bishops Reef for about an hour today,” said Antigua Conservation Society President Eli Fuller.
Cruise ships have been allowed to dock on the southern end of Antigua as part of attempts to decentralize the cruise sector, but residents rimming the harbour have been complaining that the ships are too large for the inlet and too disruptive to their lives.
“The harbour entrance is about 600 feet from one point to the other and this boat is 400 feet, so it’s kind of dangerous as it is,” Fuller said.
Also among the objections is that the sail bearing ships routinely drop massive anchors onto the area’s reef and billows smoke downwind towards nearby homes.