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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
It's the rest of the crap that gets washed away whilst cutting up a ship on a reef that causes the environmental damage: paint flakes (probably the worst contaminant to the ecosystem of a reef), bits of plastic and general rubbish that simply cannot be contained no matter how much money you throw at it. ..not to mention the wanton destruction of a wide area around the wreck caused by the salvage barges, prop wash from tugs and simply big pieces of the ship moving on the coral.
I feel for any locals who rely on the tourist diving for their income.. because if that's what your Navy has planned, it sounds like that reef, in particular, is stuffed already.
As a case in point, it seems the salvors for the Costa Concordia
stuff-up are currently fixing the wreck in position, planning to re-float it and then tow it away to be cut up - to avoid precisely what I describe above. ...and they're saying it'll be the largest effort of it's type ever.
If a bunch of civilians have the wherewithall to do that with one of the world's largest passenger liners, surely the Mighty US Navy can do something similiar with this tiny ship?
..or maybe they just don't give a stuff?
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"