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4 Feb 2023

Deutsche Welle

Brazil: Despite environmental concerns, warship carrying toxic materials is sunk

Agência Brasil - EBC

"Brazil sinks warship in Atlantic amid environmental concerns", 04 February 2023

...Brazil on Friday sank a decommissioned aircraft carrier named "Sao Paulo," the navy announced.

The sinking was authorized despite environmental groups warning that the former French ship was packed with toxic materials.

"The procedure was conducted with the necessary technical competence and safety" in order to "avoid logistical, operational, environmental and economic damage to the Brazilian state," the navy said in a statement.

The ship had turned into a ghost ship as it floated in the Atlantic for the last five months...

Activists said the aircraft carrier contained hazardous material that could leach into the water and pollute the marine food chain.

A day before the sinking, the Brazilian attorney general's office filed a new appeal before the Justice Department, saying the ship was carrying 9.6 tons of asbestos, a toxic substance, as well as 644 tons of inks and "other dangerous material"...

In 2022, Brazil sold the ship for $2 million (roughly €1.8 million) to a Turkish shipyard firm — Sok Denizcilik, which specialized in shipbreaking.

However, the ship never reached its destination because the Turkish environmental authorities prohibited its entry, forcing it to turn around shortly before reaching the Strait of Gibraltar...