Fitted with electrical sockets, a wood-burning stove sourced from the original mast-step, and a sail canvas door, the attention to detail is impressive. The shed has even been made watertight using marine resin. Boat Pod is a finalist in the Unique category.
“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year’s competition,” says Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox. “I’ve judged the finalists eleven years running now, and it’s amazing to see how the sheds evolve each year as entrants take inspiration from others and realize that creating your own shed on a budget is a more than achievable project.”
Naturalizing the stretch of river that snakes through downtown Flint will transform a concrete wasteland into a usable public space that is aesthetically pleasing. It also will complement the rest of the 142-mile long Flint River, parts of which are as remote and scenic as rivers in northern Michigan.
Kearny Point in New Jersey
“We know what these industrial spaces can become and how they can be reinvented. We’ve seen the evolution of the Navy Yard. When we talked to the people at Hugo Neu about their vision about Kearny Point, we really got it. It resonated with us.”
By 2020, the Port of Ilwaco could be home to a new shipbreaking facility that would specialize in dismantling and disposing of derelict vessels. In the recently-approved supplemental budget, the Legislature committed $950,000 for the derelict vessel facility and other work in the port. The investment includes $600,000 for building an enclosed deconstruction facility, $250,000 to replace the port’s stormwater system and $100,000 for paving and regrading work that will help protect water quality.
In 2011 Gísli decided to open a small restaurant, Slippurinn, with his family. He set himself the ambitious aim of raising the profile of Iceland’s gastronomic culture. The choice of location was not random: an abandoned machine workshop that used to serve the old shipyard. Shelves of tools and many of the old instruments are still in place, while the tables and many other furnishings have been made from reclaimed ship parts. The restaurant soon built a loyal following.”
Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.
“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”
They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.
Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors.
J. DICKEY Conference table made from the boards of Seaport shipwreck.
On Aug. 11, Dickey will display furniture he made using wood from the historic ship during an event at District Hall, a Seaport venue on Northern Avenue not far from where the vessel’s remains were uncovered. He’ll also share with the public pieces of the ship that weren’t transformed into furniture, offering history buffs and boat enthusiasts a chance to get up close and inspect the leftovers. “All the pieces of the ship will be represented,” he said. “Any person with knowledge in ship-building and sailing will get to see how they originally put this ship together.”
Yoro hopes to turn the ship into a public work of art rather than just a forgotten vessel left to slowly sink into the water over the decades.
“We’re used to big trees,” he said. “Some people don’t even know that walnut trees get that big.”
He also found ways to access material from old wooden buildings — and facilities like the University of Oregon’s old tennis courts — and even from the sea.
One stack of wood stored in his factory, waiting to be transformed, is from World War II cargo ships that had been deliberately sunk in Newport harbor after the war as part of a pier.
Seth San Filippo, owner of Urban Lumber, has moved into a new larger location in the old Booth Kelly Mill in Springfield. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)
Taking place at RAI Amsterdam on Monday 16 November, speakers and panellists at the conference will present their experiences and lead debates on the subject of End-of-Life Boats (ELBs) and how their growing numbers can be practically dealt with in the coming years.
More recently a study carried out by ICOMIA (The International Council of Marine Industry Associations) has estimated that there are more than 6 million recreational craft in Europe alone. This also revealed that historically, disposal methods have been crude, and generally involve chopping up composite structures and reducing them to fragments that can be sent to landfill, which is considered unsustainable in the long run. So again, recycling is the only realistic option for the future…
Pier A after restoration. Photograph by Edward Hueber/archphoto
“This structure, the oldest functioning pier in New York City, sat vacant and deteriorating for three decades,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “Built in 1886 at the tip of Lower Manhattan, it was once a command center for the bustling harbor traffic on the Hudson River. But its floor plan, based on its original use as administrative offices for government agencies, presented significant challenges for adaptive reuse as a public gathering space. As so much of New York’s maritime heritage is threatened, this rehabilitation demonstrates how the city can both embrace the historic waterfront’s history and give it new life, while preparing for the challenges of a changing coastal environment.”
Will Bremerton, the town best known for blackberries and naval base, be home to an inlet-spanning bridge fashioned from decommissioned warships? (Photo: Clemens Vasters/flickr)
What hasn’t been done before — and what Young is pitching via a proposed $90,000 feasibility study recently introduced into the state highway budget — is a floating bridge built entirely from repurposed Vietnam-era aircraft carriers. Channeling Xerxes, Young envisions a string (well, just three) of these retired — mothballed, technically — Navy vessels, each a little over 1,000-feet-long, spanning Sinclair Inlet.
Austrian company Fipofix believes that it’s identified a material better-suited to the high seas, saying that its specially processed volcanic fiber-based composite, more commonly known as basalt fiber, offers a better performance-price ratio than carbon fiber or fiberglass and can be recycled after use.
Most people think of reclaimed wood from old barns and schoolhouses. Our story was born in 2004 down at the shipyard, with a lot of grit and a couple of friends’ idea to rescue some really amazing wood from winding up in a landfill. Wood from far off ports arrives daily as shipping pallets and crates, but it’s extremely difficult to recycle. Through years of trial and error we pioneered a method for up-cycling these dockside discards into products with lasting value.
This video explains the why, how and what we do to make the most of every stick of wood we reclaim.
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has finalized their vessel deconstruction general permit, which allows businesses and boat owners to deconstruct older vessels that are still in the water.
The complex is made up of an array of formerly-floating homes that are no longer seaworthy but can still be fixed up and find a second life on land. As PopUpCity reports, “The imaginatively retro-fitted houseboats that make up the creative quarter are all placed around a winding bamboo walkway and the surrounding landscape consists of plants that clean the soil.”
Thanks to Ruth Trocolli the archaeologist for the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, for this gem of an article.
The Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee.
Maher hopes to put his new skills to work and continue deconstruction work in the area. He has learned that it is possible to efficiently take a structure apart, salvaging valuable materials and greatly reducing what goes to the landfill. As the construction sector of the economy rebounds, the success of the Kinnickinnic River project could encourage less traditional demolition and greater use of deconstruction techniques.
“If things can be reused and we can keep things out of landfill,” Maher says, “why not put the materials to use?”
The Partnership for Working Families, a grantee of the Surdna Foundation, is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who support innovative solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems.
Before dying one of the workers alerted his family and the yard managers of the accident via his mobile phone. The families rushed to the yard, but found the gates locked.
“One of the survivors told me that he could have saved at least two of the workers if the yard had provided them with oxygen. Instead, the yard management wanted to hide the bodies,” said Ali Shahin. “The families, who had been alerted of the accident, finally managed to break the gates of the yard. But it was, unfortunately, too late to save the workers.”
Zakir Hossain, deputy inspector general of the Department of Inspection for Safeties of Shops and Establishments, told the newspaper, “Our inspector visited the factory and found the accident had occurred due to negligence. We will serve a notice on the owner.”
Shipbreaking involves the dismantling of old ships for scrap recycling of their steel and other equipment on board.
Around one million tonnes of steel are dismantled in Bangladeshi shipyards every year. The country’s shipbreaking industry provides direct and indirect employment for about 200,000 people.
“On top of this irreparable damage, we also face massive loss of marine life,” says Matin. “Fish are often seen floating up dead in the surrounding sea, and fresh water around the coastal areas of Sitakunda contains many toxic chemicals.”
Formalised in 2006, the industry had by 2012 allowed Bangladesh to recover an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of steel. At the same time, according to the study, thousands of tonnes of toxic substances such as asbestos, lead, waste oil and other chemicals were discharged into the soil and sea.
Photos by Karin Lidbeck Brent
Within his workshop you will find remnants of boats, buildings, factories, barns and mechanical equipment most would toss into a scrap yard. But Scottâ philosophy is simple: find old items and give them new life.
The Chatham location of his workshop lends itself especially well to the uncovering of pieces of old boats and yachts, which Scott uses to create furniture with a nautical theme.
The project was designed by Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent, a husband & wife architecture team, based locally in Baja, who are known for their inventive approach to reuse, which includes everything from rammed earth to reclaimed trash. At Vena Cava, the duo salvaged a handful of discarded boats from a nearby port and turned them into vaulted ceilings for the winery’s essential functions.
Horseshoe Crab – one of my favorite animals. Had no idea this was happening. Wish I still didn’t 🙁
A still from the PBS Nature documentary Crash ( PBS )
I don’t know about you, but the idea that every single person in America who has ever had an injection has been protected because we harvest the blood of a forgettable sea creature with a hidden chemical superpower makes me feel a little bit crazy. This scenario is not even sci-fi, it’s postmodern technology.
The only problem is that the companies need a large supply of the blood of live crabs. Horseshoe crabs live on the seafloor, near the shore. When they want to mate, they swim into very shallow water, and horseshoe crab collectors wade along, snatching the crabs out of their habitat.
Horseshoe crab harvest for fertilizer production, 1928 (Delaware Public Archives)
The Canadian Exporter Breaks in Half 1921 Copyright Columbia River Maritime Museum
Some of the most intriguing lumber we have in stock was never used in construction, and yet still considered salvage timbers. These beams are believed to have been loaded onto a Canadian ship in 1921 that wrecked off the Pacific Coast.
In early 2010 as a beach near the wreck eroded, the shipwreck became exposed and the cargo began washing ashore. The Canadian Exporter was carrying 3 million board feet of lumber plus 200 tons of other cargo, heading from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon and then on to Asia, according to a story in the Seattle Times. Some of the timbers that Crossroads and our sister company, Pacific Northwest Timbers now have in inventory were found by locals and hauled ashore with a tow truck, a few others were discovered just beneath the waters’ surface by a local oyster fisherman.
Timber Cargo of the Canadian Exporter Now at Crossroads Lumber and PNT
Ooh La La! Two of my favorite things – reclaimed ship wood and gorgeous pictures of it. Check out Remodelista for the rest of the story (and amazing photos).
PHOTO BY SUSAN POAG
Collin Stedman, a ninth grade student at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, who was volunteering with his entire ninth grade class, helps Randy Majoria, an enivironmental quality specialist with Jefferson Parish, line one of the fences with Christmas trees in the marsh near Goose Bayou in Jean Lafitte,LA Friday, January 11, 2008. Recycled Christmas trees are places in the marsh as part of the Jefferson Parish Christmas Tree Marsh Restoration Project to help restore the wetlands.
A “tree” made from old fishing nets attached to a mast that was planted in a leaky old boat. With a borrowed dinky little outboard motor we set out in the dead of night to surprise some early morning surfers on Venice Beach.
Music: Wide Eyes by Local Natives
Handmade in Spain using recycled sails from around the world, each of design studio Dvelas‘ chairs is a unique expression carrying its own history on the sea.
The goal of Dvelas is to recover these used sails and give them new life and a new history through design.
Using the existing vessel-shaped space of a six-decades-old dry dock, the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingor, Denmark takes visitors on a unique subterranean tour of the areas used to build, maintain and repair ships.
Oracle and Boeing are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from Oracle’s USA-71 boat. They say this is “a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled,” according to Boeing’s press release.
While carbon fiber has become a popular material used for all kinds of things, bikes, cars, boats, it’s not easy to recycle. Various researchers have been working on it. Now Ellison’s boat will be part of Boeing’s research.
Located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, rests the Owners and Captains Quarters of the former Great Lakes Shipping Boat, The Benson Ford. Originally designed by Henry Ford, the boat was in service for 50 years. In 1986, rather than scrapping the entire vessel, the top front section of the boat (comprised of walnut paneled state rooms, dining room, galley, and passenger lounge) was removed by an Ohio couple. They placed the rescued quarters on a picturesque home lot, transforming them into The Ship Residence.
I post on ship breaking and boat disposal because I am concerned about how much maritime waste is being produced and ignored. Fiberglass boats are everywhere. And they don’t breakdown.
Because composite vessels are highly durable, end-of-life (EOL) disposal has not so far been a major issue. Many of the numerous glassfibre boats produced in the early years still exist. But the time will come – is coming – when these craft reach the end of their lives and will have to be disposed of.
The present trickle of EOL disposals is likely to become a ‘tsunami’ as successive generations of craft reach the end. Unlike metal and wooden boats, which are made of recyclable or naturally degrading materials, fibreglass craft leave an enduring trace on the environment …
The teams on site will have only one chance to flip the ship upright. If it goes wrong, the backup plan is to break up the ship where it lies, at a huge cost to the local environment.
The happiest shed on the planet!
The roof is an upturned boat! It is located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range near Machynlleth in mid Wales. It is full of nautical nonsense befitting a boat turned upside down up a mountain!
It is heated by a 19th century French enamel wood burning stove. The chimney is an old queen pole from a circus big top that used to house elephants know as The elephant shed!
The shed is made completely from recycled materials except for the 12v system. 3 sets of chimes from inside mantelpiece clocks have been screwed into the centre board of the boat and you can play them with a big nail!
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has launched a website – www.offthebeach.org – which lists all the ships that have been sent for breaking on the beaches of South Asia since 2009. The site aims to promote safer and cleaner ship recycling and to inform cargo companies wishing to select responsible ship-owners to carry their goods around the world, the organisation explains.
The website is part of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s ‘Off the Beach!’ campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of harmful shipbreaking practices and to promote the alternatives. Shipbreaking on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan involves worker rights violations and severe environmental degradation, it is claimed.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform underlines that some of the shipping companies listed for having sent vessels to what it deems to be substandard facilities have subsequently changed their recycling policies. These ‘success stories’ are featured in the blog section of the website where the Platform will also highlight setbacks.
For more information, visit: www.shipbreakingplatform.org
The proposed legislation would bar ships flying European Union flags from “beaching” old ships, that is, steaming them onto shore, where they are dismantled by hand at informal shipyards. The low-cost, ship-scrapping industry of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is a multibillion-dollar business employing about a million workers, and the three countries account for more than 70% of the global ship-recycling industry.
The European Parliament has approved measures that would ban beaching and fine EU shipowners for violations. Advocacy groups have criticized beaching for its poor safety and environmental record, preferring that ship breaking, as the broader vessel-recycling industry is known, be conducted in dry dock or at piers so that waters aren’t exposed to toxic spills.
The artist David Kemp lives and works on the far western coast of Cornwall, among the old mine workings near Botallack. He finds material for his work in rich seams of junk, appearing here and there at boot fairs, but adding up, in the imagination, to something like that mysterious productive heap of dust in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. In fact there is an almost Dickensian breadth of vision, richness of character and sharpness of observation in Kemp’s work.
David Kemp’s work is serious fun: serious, because his intention is to tackle our folly and or materialist excesses and fun because he is a master of life-enhancing humour.
Driven by his own apocalyptic and subversive vision, he makes sculpture from the disregarded bits and pieces left by successive consumer boom. These remains point out the awful truth – that we value trash and are seduced again and again by the trumped-up new. Technology that is phoney, or only half understood, is grasped at for answers to our needs. In pursuit of the largest thing, it becomes impossible to tell real technological advances from the dead-ends.
This point is made for this exhibition particularly by reference to electricity. The rush to harness the power of frog’s legs, to make hair stand on end or capture lightning were all so far beside the point – of course we know now, but in Kemp’s alternative world they have a different and more telling relevance. By making what might have been, or should have been, invented he mirrors universal human weaknes.
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A short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry.
Directed by Kat Gardiner
Produced by Kat Gardiner & Nathan Walker
Starring Andy Stewart
A Food Chain Production
Shot & Edited by Kat Gardiner
GoPro & Music Supervision by Nathan Walker
Titles by Slow Loris
Frank Allen of Astoria, Oregon is quickly becoming one of my heroes.
He is proposing a ship breaking facility in Astoria. Recycling ships can be toxic, and in countries without regulations life-threatening. But leaving ships to degrade and rot (which we have in our waterways everywhere) is a travesty to the waters, the materials, and the history of a working vessel.
We wish Frank Allen the best of luck in his quest.
By EDWARD STRATTON
“What we’re proposing is not shipbreaking,” said Frank Allen, a partner with Scott Fraser in Blue Ocean Environmental, standing at the front of a packed Port of Astoria Commission meeting Tuesday night.
During a presentation, he talked as much to the audience as he did the Port commissioners.
The abnormally large crowd gathered in anticipation of Blue Ocean’s proposal for recycling the metal from derelict vessels at the Port’s North Tongue Point facility. Several previous applications for shipbreaking on the Columbia River have been rejected in recent years because of widespread fears that toxic materials would pollute fragile salmon areas.
The Port and Blue Ocean had a nondisclosure agreement that was recently lifted.
“I have a job,” said Allen, adding that he works in the international seafood trade. “This is just something that bothers me.”
There are 300 derelict vessels in Oregon and 400 in Washington deteriorating and polluting the environment, said Allen. Thousands are being disposed of without any environmental concerns, he said.
He said the two options with this issue are to be proactive or do nothing.
“There’s a lot of hurdles to doing this right,” said Allen, who offered to rent a space in Astoria for multiple town halls to discuss how his company wants to recycle vessels. “The true thing is to do this very slowly, very carefully.”
His operation would start with a small, 60- to 70-foot vessel at North Tongue Point. Blue Ocean would bring in specialists to remove the toxic substances, recycle the metal and ship it by barge to Seattle. Steel firm Nucor Corporation (www.nucor .com) will take it for what Allen said would currently be about $19 a ton and reprocess it for use in the U.S.
“We’re working directly under the EPA,” said Allen, adding that the operation’s primary environmental monitor reporting to the state would be the Maul Foster & Alongi engineering firm of Portland. The U.S. Coast Guard would also be involved in permitting Blue Ocean to tow any vessels in.
“We’re doing it to prove a point: that it can be done,” said Allen, adding that it’s going to build up over a number of years and not be a moneymaker to start. He asked for a chance to try the process on a small, possibly local vessel, after which Blue Ocean, the Port and the public could go over the results and decide whether to keep Blue Ocean around.
“The good thing for the community about this … it’s so labor intensive,” said Allen. “It takes so much manpower to get this done. And they’re not minimum-wage jobs.”
Along with a willingness to give three or four public presentations, Allen said he’ll look into creating an email account specifically for people with questions about his proposal and will provide information to the public that isn’t proprietary. Blue Ocean doesn’t currently have a web site.
“Years down the road, we’d like to work on larger vessels,” said Allen, adding that he sees Tongue Point being able to handle 50 vessels a year at full capacity. “Someone’s got to address this. It can’t keep going the way it’s going.”
Oregon or Washington native? You will want to read the entire article via Shipbreaking is ‘recycling,’ Port is told – Daily Astorian: Free.
Inhabitat has a nice feature on Aellon – folks who make goods from boats. Check it out and be inspired.
Serious stewards of the earth who ensure their work has the smallest environmental impact, Aellon has a wide-ranging handcrafted product range that will enliven any home.
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The Staten Island Boat Graveyard – officially called Witte Marine Scrap Yard or Arthur Kill Boat Yard – is the final resting place of dozens of rusting, rotting, abandoned and decommissioned vessels. Rossville‘s last commercial maritime salvage yard, the semi-submerged boats are popular with local urban explorers and others interested in Staten Island’s maritime history.
Photographs by Bob Jagendorph go see the rest via Shipwrecks in the Staten Island Boat Graveyard | Urban Ghosts |.
Environment Commissioner Janez Poto?nik said: “Although the ship recycling sector has improved its practices, many facilities continue to operate under conditions that are dangerous and damaging. This proposal aims to ensure that our old ships are recycled in a way that respects the health of workers as well as the environment. It is a clear signal to invest urgently in upgrading recycling facilities.” The new rules, which will take the form of a Regulation, propose a system of survey, certification and authorization for large commercial seagoing vessels that fly the flag of an EU Member State, covering their whole life cycle from construction to operation and recycling.
“Mauricamia” by Fin DAC & Written by: Yohani Kamarudin
The decks are empty and the turbines still and silent on this hulking steamer. For over three decades, the Duke of Lancaster sat on the banks of the River Dee in north Wales, slowly rusting away. To anyone who saw her, the ship was little more than another abandoned maritime relic, but that was before the DuDug project intervened – and artists turned what had become a giant eyesore into a colorful open-air art gallery.
See the rest via Abandoned Steam Ship Transformed into Giant Street Art Gallery.
Decommissioning ships – or shipbreaking kills people.
Poor people of course. Poor people that live very far from where the ships are originally created.
Lets do something about this shall we? Start by just learning that this dangerous industry exists. We’ll help with that part.
If you have any good ideas to get the word out about shipbreaking, we’d like to hear them. Please use the comments section to let us know. Thanks!
Given the appalling conditions here, some have even called for a moratorium on Asian shipbreaking. “Despite the possibility of proper disposal in Europe or other developed countries, the vast majority of European shipping companies continue to profit by having their ships broken cheaply and dangerously on the beaches of South Asia,” says Patrizia Heidegger, executive director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “The EU must adopt mechanisms that will prevent European ship owners from exporting toxic ships for breaking in developing countries and instead recycle them according to the health, safety and environmental laws and standards of their own countries.”
Read this article via Shipbreaking: World’s most dangerous job? – Salon.com.
Look what we found waiting in our in-box from Kickstarter this morning. You better believe with think this is a great idea!
They need some serious clams though, so if you like it too cruse on over and throw them a line (or two).
Enjoy sustainably-harvested oysters and cocktails on the deck of Laurel. Upcycled crafts from her deck restoration make great gifts.
Although the Laurel holds the honor of “oldest active fishing vessel” by the United States Coast Guard, her days of hard-work are behind her. Laurel is a real head turner so we came up with an idea to bring her from port-to-port and let people come aboard and hear about her legacy…and have some really great oysters and cold drinks at the same time.
Additionally, farmers harvest dinners on her deck for a limited number of guests, served family style, should prove to be a hit. Because Laurel is a mobile platform, guest chefs at many locations are possible which will keep the menu exciting. And, for hyper-local foodies, Laurel can still harvest her own shellfish, so dont be surprised if the oysters you eat in the evening were harvested by her that morning!
Interesting story on Boston.com
Preserved old growth timber for ship building found in a salt pond. Its like winning the lottery of wood – if you are into that kind of thing.
He crafts benches, tables, picture frames, candle holders, and lamp bases from sections of live oak and white oak that were retrieved from the Charlestown Navy Yard in 2010. The enormous timbers were discovered while crews were prepping the site for the ongoing Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital construction project.
As Stevens explained, the wood had been stored in a salt-water pond to preserve it for the eventual reconstruction of either the USS Constitution (a frigate launched in 1797, and widely known as Old Ironsides) or the USS Constellation (launched in 1854). But in the mid-1880s, the shipyard began making all-metal boats, and then, in 1914, on the brink of World War I, the timber pond was covered to make room for diesel storage tanks.
Then the wood was all but forgotten — until three years ago. Upon the trove’s rediscovery, Mystic Seaport, a living history museum in Connecticut, took some of the timbers to restore the whaler Charles W. Morgan, while Stevens’ business partner Peter Sellew bought the rest — 13 tractor-trailer loads, now stored at New England Hardwood Supply in Littleton.
Egypt – has a marine clean up campaign! Brilliant Egypt – thank you.
One thousand kilograms of waste — including aluminium cans, empty bottles, plastic, glass, ropes, metal pipes and bits of old boats — are now no longer part of the marine life, after a clean up campaign.About 50 professional deep sea divers cleaned the garbage from the sea floor off the coast of Sharjah.Organised by the Sharjah Museums Department SMD and other government bodies on Saturday the ‘Flag Island Seabed Cleanup Campaign’ is the first-of-its-kind event.
The infamous oil tanker Exxon Valdez is almost completely gone, most of it having already been recycled in Indias voracious steel mills. But its dismantling on a beach in India has once again highlighted the dangers, both environmental and physical, associated with the booming ship-breaking industry.
In about two more weeks, there will be nothing left of the former oil tanker, which in 1989 was responsible for the largest oil spill ever in the United States, leaking more than 41 million liters (10.8 million gallons) of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. After the accident, the Exxon Valdez was converted into an ore carrier, and it was most recently renamed the Oriental N. Priya Blue, an Indian scrapping and salvage company, bought the freighter last spring for $16 million (€11.9 million), solely for the purpose of scrapping it.
On Aug. 2, the ship was grounded at high tide on the beach at Alang. There, at the world’s largest graveyard for ships, more than 300 workers are being paid a few rupees a day to dismantle the vessel.
There was a great outcry when it was revealed that Alang was to be the notorious ship’s final resting place. Although it does not contain more toxic materials than other ships, environmentalists took advantage of the former tanker’s prominence to file a lawsuit at India’s Supreme Court to block its import. It was unsuccessful.
But the trial brought to light, once again, the catastrophic conditions at many low-wage shipyards in South Asia, where old ships are being scrapped and gutted. In October, six workers died in a fire in Alang as they were dismantling the oil tanker Union Brave on the beach. One of the workers had struck a pipe with his blowtorch that still contained oil.In Pakistan, more than 20 shipyard workers died and more than 150 were injured in 2011. And in Alang alone, 173 workers have died in more than 170 shipyards since 2001, killed by falling steel parts or burned to death in explosions. Workers are sometimes barefoot as they climb over the ships, and toxic waste is often incinerated on the beach.