|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||10 Aug 2006 19:12:49 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (CA)|
Danger lies in cleaning ships|
By Thomas Peele CONTRA COSTA TIMES (CA) August 9, 2006
The Coast Guard has ordered the U.S. Maritime Administration to clean the hulls of aging ships leaving the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, even while acknowledging that the work could pollute local waters or damage the decrepit vessels before they are towed out to sea.
The ships, mostly World War II- and Cold War-era relics, contain hazardous materials such as polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos and fuel oil. Most haven't been maintained for decades. The cleaning, to prepare the ships for transport to Texas for scrapping, "is now mandatory," Coast Guard spokeswoman Angela McArdle said.
A World War II cargo ship, the Hannibal Victory, its hull flaking paint and its decks laden with rust, was towed Tuesday from Suisun Bay to a Richmond shipyard where workers will begin today to clean below its waterline with nonmetallic brushes. Another ship, the Sioux Falls Victory, was towed to the same location last week.
For the entire article, see http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/community/15232044.htm
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