THE first stage of a salvage mission to prevent the HMVS Cerberus from sinking will begin off Black Rock this month.
Heritage Victoria has received an $80,000 State Government grant to remove four 18-tonne guns from the wreck’s turrets.
Heritage Victoria’s maritime manager Peter Harvey said it was
the first time any sort of funding
had been granted for the preservation
vation of the Cerberus.
He said removing weight from
the ship would lessen the risk of
the hull collapsing "This is really
a time buying exercise Mr
"There is a real risk the ship
could collapse at any time because
it is in an advanced state of
Engineers GHD will begin the
removal of the guns in mid-
GHD project manager Doug
Oldfield said a floating barge and
heavy crane would be used to lift
each gun off the wreck He said
removing the guns would take
about three days.
"We are never going to be able to
restore the Cerberus to its former
glory but this will help preserve
what we have now he said
"A crew of four or five people will
be used to remove the guns and
place them in the seabed for
"Once the guns have been removed
moved this will mitigate the potential
tial for collapse and raise the
possibility of further stabilisation
works occurring in the future."
Friends of the Cerberus secretary
Peter Tully said success
depended on funding.
State and Federal Government
funding is need for the $5 million
stabilisation project which would
take six months to complete.