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Coast guard to sink ship

The US coast guard is going to sink the Japanese fishing vessel drifting off the BC coast with gunfire.There are estimated 8000 litres of diesel aboard. Towing the vessel in is deemed too expensive. Whatever else is aboard that we are not allowed to dump at sea who knows.
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

Tsunami 'ghost ship' to be sunk off B.C. coast - British Columbia - CBC News
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Depending on the weather conditions, we are looking at having the [Coast Guard cutter] Anacapa attempt to sink the vessel using its onboard 25-millimetre cannon to remove it as a threat to the maritime industry."

Wadlow said that salvaging the fishing boat would be too expensive and putting anyone on board would be too dangerous.

The ship will go down with about 8,000 litres of diesel fuel on board.

"The vessel is far enough off shore that if any product did enter the water, it would be dissipated naturally by the wind wave and weather patterns before it came it contact with sensitive areas on shore," said Wadlow.
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

Better for them to sink it now rather than it crash up on shore and drop all its fuel.
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It's hard to believe that there are no salvage companies willing to make a go of it. If it was off of the Florida coast it would already be scrap metal.
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

Comments on the story are pretty funny:

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@ Jake Jarmel: "Why is it the U.S. Coast Guard that is doing this in what appears to be Canadian waters? Why not the Canadian Navy?"

Because they will hurt themselves.
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

A lot of the comments are pretty idealistic.

"Why not tow it someplace?" - At who's cost? What do you do with it once it's there? And what if it starts to leak near the shore?

Someone mentioned it could be towed without anyone having to go aboard. Really? What are they going to do? Harpoon it with tow lines?

Or hey, why not tow it back to Japan? Yeah, because burning 20k gallons of diesel on the tow back is a lot more environmentally friendly than sinking 2k gallons of the stuff.

Heck, I'd be surprised if various armed forces wouldn't line up to pay to sink it, just for the target practice.
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

I still think it's bad optics. 2000+ gallons of diesel it's not gonna kill the ocean, that's right, but it is also not a negligible amount. Sends bad message to the public and industry and this story is now near to of teh news (in Canada at least).

This ship survived a 5k NM journey, it isn't like it's gonna sink now. They should try to tow it or at least pump that fuel out.
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I They should try to tow it or at least pump that fuel out.
Who is "they"? Who is gonna pay for it? Tow it to where? Then what? And again, who is gonna pay for it?
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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

That is why we have governments. I dont know who and how it would be paid, but it should be done. We are not talking huge sums of money here. Trying to save few bucks by sending thousands of gallons of fuel - plus god knows what other toxic crap - to the ocean is just bad, bad, bad, and sends a terrible signal. They could tow it to the right facility, pump out the fuel, strip it of bad stuff and then sink it, like they do with other ships.

I dont mind if Canadians pick up part of the cost - we just cancelled a $16-$50B (nobody really knew the correct price tag) F-35 order from US so there is some mullah to spend.

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Re: Coast guard to sink ship

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Comments on the story are pretty funny:
Like this? Why don't we just start the engine and take her back to Japan.?
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