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Cayman Islands Government

An Environmental 'First'

'HMS Iron Duke' at Jackson Point.

An environmental "first" for Cayman happened quietly last week, when for the first time a visiting naval vessel anchored at the Cayman Islands' only sea berth, instead of anchoring in the harbour or staying offshore under its own power.

The HMS Iron Duke anchored at the Jackson Point Esso sea berth, off South Sound, which is customarily used for oil tankers. In addition to avoiding potential coral damage caused by the ship's anchors, the location also removed the ship from the area used by visiting cruise ships and tender vessels.

Crew members and guests were transported to and from the ship on tender vessels and Esso tugboats.

Local officials report that this anchorage worked so well that they will continue to use it depending on conditions such as availability and weather.

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For further information contact: Lennon Christian