The End is Near


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The end has been near for quite some time I'm afraid. When repairs were constantly deferred until the ship was finally removed from the schedule with no hint of possible reinstatement, I knew the writing was on the wall.

The shell game of changing ownership aside, it may still be awhile befor the first cutting torch is applied to steel. By all accounts, the ship is a toxic witch's brew of asbestos lagging and other materials and you can certain that envoronmental activist groups are watching this affair like the proverbial hawk. This may give any preservationist group a distant chance at a reprieve but realistically, I don't think it's going to happen unless such a movement is sponsored by somebody with very deep pockets!
 
Hello,

this morning I read in the newspaper about the protests from Greenpeace. I only now fully realise the world is going to lose the Norway, for ever, and something like her will never be created again.

I find it heartwrenching that no other solution could be found to keep her with us, especially since the rumours started she would come to Amsterdam in 2005, to be berthed in an area that is 1000 meters away from where I am sitting now; grrrrr...

Is there someone out there who is able to document her demise, gruelling though that will be?
 
>>Is there someone out there who is able to document her demise, gruelling though that will be?<<

Probably the guys who run the Maritime Matters website will be keeping a watch on this. Peter Knego has a talant for getting photos of that nature and Maritime Matters has been keeping a close watch on Alang for years, either in person or through local proxies.

The homepage is at http://www.maritimematters.com/index.html

I have to say that I find the reactions of the environmentalists more then just a little bit annoying. Don't get me wrong. They have some extremely valid concerns regarding the problem of asbestos and other toxic wastes, but they offer no constructive ideas about what to do about it.
 
So it goes. Sad, but ships are holes in the water into which you pour money. Keeping a ship as a static museum would be lovely, but my God, how horrendously expensive with no let up in sight forever! Perhaps she is better off being broken up, like the "Normandie" and "Ile" before her.
Adieu, "France".
 
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Brittannis anyone? That way it could be visited and explored and have a slow death rather than having it's fitting scattered to the winds.
 
Only if it could be filmed and photographed from every conceivable angle during the sinking, and better, have cameras mounted on and in her when she goes. But I rather think there is too much money tied up in her steel and other metals. She'll be broken up. Besides, those people in Alang are immune to asbestos, petrochemical baths, falling bits of iron, etc. The tear down should be photo documented for history's sake alone.
 
>>Besides, those people in Alang are immune to asbestos, petrochemical baths, falling bits of iron, etc.<<

Unfortunately, they're not immune. Occasionally, the Discovery Channel runs it's documentary on Alang from time to time. Watch it if you get the chance.
 
Michael: I was writing in a "tongue in cheek" manner, or at least attempting to. There is a video one can purchase on ship breaking in Alang, which is something I've wanted to acquire along with the "Oceanus" sinking video.
 
Some third world country like Bangladesh or Sri Lanka will gladly take the work and the steel. If not them, they'll sell it directly to the Chinese.
 
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