Since the disposal of old ships is becoming a matter of ever greater controversy, I thought it might be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to discussing these issues, problems, and news.
To kick it off there is this headline from the ContraCosta Times:
Cleaning of vessels causes pollution, prompts review[indent]For the rest of this story, go to http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/...l/16721550.htmquote:
The U.S. Maritime Administration announced late Friday that it will initiate "a complete and thorough review" of its ship-disposal program after California water regulators concluded that cleaning the hulls of obsolete vessels anchored in Suisun Bay causes pollution.
New tests on two World War II relics found that scrubbing aged hulls of marine growth such as seaweed and barnacles causes copper, zinc, lead and other toxic metals to come off with the organic materials.
There were 74 ships in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet as of Feb. 1, most of them decommissioned cargo and Navy vessels awaiting disposal. The Coast Guard in June ordered any ship being taken to Texas for disposal to undergo hull cleaning to stop the spread of invasive marine species.
At least four ships were cleaned at docks in Richmond and Alameda last year. The Times reported in September that federal documents showed that sheets of toxic metals came off the bottom of at least one ship and were left in water at the Port of Richmond, prompting a state investigation.
Comment: be sure to check out some of the related stories. There are a lot of old ships at Suisan Bay and their material condition is not improving with each passing day.