Saturday, February 4, 2023

Brazil Sinks Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier 'Sao Paolo' In Atlantic Despite Pollution Risk

A photo taken in 1994 shows the then-French aircraft carrier 'Foch' in the Adriatic Sea. Renamed 'Sao Paulo' when bought by Brazil in 2000, the ageing and decommissioned aircraft carrier was sunk on Friday February 3, 2023 in the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil's Navy said (File/AFP)  

Washington Post: Brazil sinks decommissioned aircraft carrier in face of contamination fears 

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s navy said Friday night that it had carried out a “planned and controlled” operation to sink a decommissioned aircraft carrier nearly 220 miles off its coast — despite the objections of environmentalists and some government officials who argued that it contained toxic materials that could contaminate the ocean. 

The navy said in a statement that the operation to sink the São Paulo, a Clemenceau-class carrier, was carried out with the necessary technical competencies and safety measures in “order to avoid logistical, operational, environmental and economic losses to the Brazilian state.” 

Despite those assurances, it was a near certainty that not everyone would see it that way. Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of nonprofits that advocates for the safe recycling of ships, said last week that a controlled sinking would “equate to a state-sponsored environmental crime.”  

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Brazil Sinks Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier 'Sao Paolo' In Atlantic Despite Pollution Risk  

Brazil sinks asbestos-laden warship in Atlantic despite fears of ‘incalculable’ damage -- France 24  

Brazil sinks rusting old aircraft carrier in the Atlantic -- Reuters  

Brazil sinks warship in Atlantic amid environmental concerns -- DW  

Brazil sinks aircraft carrier in Atlantic despite pollution risk -- Al Jazeera


Anonymous said...

It will make a fine reef and increase the fisheries.

Unless they can show an increase n some heavy metal or something in the fish caught around this new reef, the problem is?

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People demanding landfilling material from the ship should be volunteered to take the place of cats and dogs in head trauma via gunshot studies.

Anonymous said...

PCB eating bacteria may not work as well under colder temperature and perhaps pressure. This needs to be looked into.

If that is a problem they could remove transformers and/or electrical conduit. Removing the conduit would be a real pain literally., Yard workers who pull cable have carpal tunnel as an occupational hazard.

I think oil eating bacteria would be fine at the bottom of the sea. they can spray oil tanks and reseal them The bacteria probably would metabolize the oil more slowly, but metabolize it they would.

My problem with bioremediation is the Lula is corrupt. The job may not get done correctly. the job of disposal might be done as well as it was at Solyndra.