Just ten days ago, the Saga cargo ship pulled away from the south cargo dock, ready to steam off to its next destination. But minutes into the voyage, the captain steered the ship bow-first into one of Cayman’s most popular and photogenic shore diving and snorkel sites; Eden Rock.
The grounding left at least five sections of the reef plate completely flattened, and portions of Eden Rock’s famous swim-through cavern system have caved-in.
In the days after the incident, those for and against the proposed cruise berthing facility are using the Saga grounding to bolster their cases in the long-simmering debate.
“Can you imagine if they actually build a dock and were now bringing in those really big ships right next to the dock? They’ve had accidents too, those ships more than once have hit into things nearby because they weren’t able to stop from the wind. So that dock forcing those really huge ships right next into the shore, that would be a real difficulty if we can’t even control these smaller ships,” said International Scuba Diving Hall of Famer Cathy Church.
“With the piers sitting in deeper water there will be much less likelihood of marine incidences,” said the pro-port group Cayman’s Port, Cayman’s Future in a Facebook post that