>>They must be scrapping her right know, because went to that spot on msn maps, and theres nothing there.<<
Since the ship hadn't even reached Guam back on the 1st, that's no surprise. The Independence is what is known as a "dead ship" to us sailors. That is to say, she's not making her own steam and she's being towed deadstick across the Pacific. There might be a generator running somewhere but only to keep a few bare essentials running for anyone who might be aboard to keep an eye on the towing cable. If there's nobody aboard, there won't even be that much going on.
Since she's being towed by an ocean going tug, the trip is going to be a slow one.
Speaking of satellite images, has anyone seen an updated image for Alang which shows the Norway in any form? Google Earth's image of the area is rather old, showing what looks to be a number of early to mid 60's vintage cruise ships and an aircraft carrier that I understand was an ex-RN unit that came to Alang after a second life in another country's navy. At the water's edge, there is also what appears to be the last vestiges of what, judging by the beam, must have been one whopping big tanker!
>>Speaking of satellite images, has anyone seen an updated image for Alang which shows the Norway in any form?<<
>>Google Earth's image of the area is rather old,<<
Typical I'm afraid. With a whole planet to cover, they can't possibly update it every day. The remains of the aircraft carrier you mentioned may well be that old Brazilian ship which went to the breakers a couple of years ago, but the Argentine Venticinco De Mayo is another possibility.
They must be scrapping her right know, because went to that spot on msn maps, and theres nothing there. MSN's map could be an older view from before the ship arrived at those coordinates I gave.
BTW, if you look at the Alang beach on Google Earth and switch on the Placemarkers layer, you can see names for some of the wrecks/partial wrecks on the beach. A couple of them are famous enough to have Wikipedia articles, like the Apollo (which has gone by like four or five other names over the years) at 21Â°23'58.24"N 72Â°11'23.18"E and the Albatros, at 21Â°25'7.61"N 72Â°12'30.12"E, the bow on the latter of the two is already disassembled. Just up the coast a few hundred feet is what a placemarker claims is the Big Red Boat III. I was able to find details on wikipedia about BRB II but III is a mystery. The Minas Gerais aircraft carrier (probably the same ship Michael and Scott are talking about) sits further down the coast, as does the Harmony I (Statendam). Even though the datestamp is 2008, the Norway isn't visible. So I guess the datestamps can't be relied upon too well...
Its clear why so many people want Alang shut down -- it looks like a sh*thole. You KNOW they aren't taking precautions to keep things from spilling into the ocean. I mean, just LOOK at it. There's a very visible oil spill just down the coast from the ships.
We have, and at ground level thanks to what Martime Matters has published and a show on the Discovery Channel. While it's a matter of record that they've made some improvements there, the owners of those scrapyards have a long way to go. Even then, shipbreaking is still and always will be a messy and dangerous business.