The “ghost” ships of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet are on their way to the breakers. On Wednesday, the federal government and environmental groups reached an agreement to scrap the 52 obsolete ships by the fall of 2017. The 25 ships in the worst shape will be scrapped within the next two years.
The National Defense Reserve Fleets are “mothballed” ships that could, in theory, be used in times of national emergency. In practice the ships have become environmental hazards. In Suisun Bay, a survey by the Maritime Administration found that more than 20 tons of toxic material from the ships has polluted the local environment. One environmental activist has called the fleet “a floating toxic waste dump.”
Thanks to Frank Hanavan for pointing out the article.