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AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2006-07-14 08:56:19
That's amazing. How many are there around all of France? How many are there are on America's West Coast, Gulf Coast, and East Coast combined? 1? All the way up in Alaska when a ship runs aground, there are outfits doing everything they can to salvage as much of the ship as possible and then getting it so it can be towed so it doesn't sit out there like along coasts of Africa.
kjfitz picture
@ 2006-07-14 10:13:57
A lot of older ships cost more to salvage in the US than they are worth because of the cost of handling the hazardous wastes onboard (lead paint, asbestos, PCBs, etc.) Many of these ships are sold for next to nothing to third world countries ostensibly to be scrapped but with the implicit understanding that the'll be dumped off in one of these graveyards. I imagine one day the price point of processing these vs cost of the raw materials in them will cross some threshold and all of a sudden there will be a huge influx of western countries moving in to scrap these things. That price point has been hit already on the western shores of Pakistan.

For some really scary ship cemeraries look far down the fiords and coves of north central asia where Russia has stashed its dying nuclear fleet.
AKpilotEMT picture
@ 2006-07-15 10:12:04
So wait, these are dumped here like your old dead car gets dumped in a junkyard?

I was thinking all these grounded ships (not just in this map but all the singular ship maps) are legitimate shipwrecks... not all are? Some might be, no?
kjfitz picture
@ 2006-07-16 16:04:25
Probably a mix of both. If there are a bunch in one place then probably abandoned or waiting to be scrapped. Alone more like you say; a shipwreck or something similar. But I'm no expert.

Someone over in the GE forums has the definitive collection of the world's shipwrecks. Lots more details on some sites. He could probably shed more light on the subject.