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Fortaleza: wreck outside Marina Park Hotel

By doina — last modified May 09, 2006 11:22 AM

Published: 2006-05-09 11:22:50
Countries: Brazil

En route from Fernandho de Noronha to Fortaleza Brazil on board Catamaran Forty-Two a 15m fast cruising Cat. Our arrival time in Fortaleza was brought forward by a very fast trip and hence we were arriving at 21.00 local time in the dark rather than first thing the next morning.

We are running Maxsea software with Mapmedia charts. In addition to this we had downloaded the chartlette of the Marina Park Hotel marina from the hotels web site,

Now although this states the normal advice of, not using for navigational purposes, it does give some rather clear information.

I plotted these waypoints on the chart which all looked very good and thus placed a route in the GPS which we were following.

On the chart there is a wreck shown. This bears 283 mag at a range of 0.3 Nm from waypoint MPARK 1. One is lead into believing that the points shown are clear and safe. As we slowly travelled between waypoint EAPP and MPARK 1 I noticed a large wreck structure off our starboard bow (no light or light not functional at time of writing). As we approached the waypoint this was atleast 100m off to our starboard. With 25m to go I suddenly noticed a discolouration and breaking water dead ahead. We avoided the large submerged stern setion of this wreck which runs out a considerable distance from the very obvious bow setion. This section is directly between the waypoints given. Looking at our tracking on the chart we turned in position 003 42.722S by 038 31.309W and the stern was in front to port and to starboard.

This wreck should be noted as a danger and the submerged section running off to the South East should be avoided.

William Samuelson.

Skipper Yacht Forty-Two.