Twenty months after it grounded along the western coastline of Mexico, the Los Llanitos bulk carrier is leaking oil, despite authorities having claimed that all fuel had been removed in November 2015. The 223 m ran aground near Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, during Hurricane Patricia in October 2015. At the time it looked like the ship would break up on the rocks. Authorities mulled scuttling it to create an artificial reef. They also looked at the possibility of dismantling it on site. However, in the end nothing has happened, and the vessel is still lying prone on rocks near the tourist town of Puerto Vallarta.
Lomar Shipping’s 2,194 teu Kea Trader boxship has run onto a reef off New Caledonia. The ship hit the Durand Reef, some 100 km southeast of the island of Mare. No one was injured and authorities have not spotted any signs of pollution yet. An investigation into the incident is now underway. New Caledonia is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and marine-life-rich lagoon, which, at 24,000-sq.-km, is among the world’s largest. A massive barrier reef surrounds the main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-diving destination, so this is especially concerning.
There were a total of 210 ships broken in the second quarter of 2017. 158 of these ships ended up on South Asian beaches for dirty and dangerous breaking, said NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The Platform was able to document five accidents at the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh, between April and June, which led to the death of four workers and the injury of two. This is an incredibly dangerous occupation, and the deaths demonstrate that there is still much to be done to improve the situation.
The right-wing "Generation Identity" youth movement has raised $100,000 to charter a ship for an "identitarian search and rescue mission" off the coast of Libya. The self-described "mission to save Europe, to stop illegal immigration, and end the dying on the sea" would entail three tasks. First, the mission would monitor rescue vessels operated by charitable NGOs and report their activities to the Libyan Coast Guard; second, it would "intervene when they’re doing something illegal;" and third it would rescue migrants in distress and return all rescued migrants to Libya.
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