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US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami
North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami

The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami.

The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour.

The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship on Thursday with plans to use high explosive rounds to sink the vessel.

If left to drift, the ship would ground somewhere, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Charley Hengen.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency studied the problem and decided it is safer to sink the ship and let the fuel evaporate in the open water.

The Coast Guard is warning other ships to avoid the area.

The vessel, named Ryou-Un Maru, is believed to be 150 to 200 feet long. It has been adrift from Hokkaido, Japan, since it was launched by the tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year. About 5 million tons of debris were swept into the ocean by the tsunami.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: adrift; davyjoneslocker; earthquake; ghosts; ghostship; japan; maritime; tsunmai; uscg; uscoastguard; weird; yikes
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Air Station Kodiak - In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the derelict Japanese fishing vessel RYOU-UN MARU drifts more than 125 miles from Forrester Island in southeast Alaska where it entered U.S. waters March 31, 2012. The vessel has been adrift since it was launched by a tsunami caused by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that struck Japan last year. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

1 posted on 04/05/2012 11:14:59 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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The Ghost Ship Pictures, Images and Photos
2 posted on 04/05/2012 11:15:48 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Why not just tow it back to port and salvage it?


3 posted on 04/05/2012 11:17:33 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: DogByte6RER

Scrap iron is going for around $250/ton, not to mention the other tasty little salvage like props, engines, electronics, etc.

By the law of the sea since its been declared abandoned can’t anyone just claim it, tow it home and salvage it?


4 posted on 04/05/2012 11:18:41 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar
Heck, It was an operating ship when it was washed out by the Tsunami is they any reason that some couldn't just board her and with a little work get it running?
5 posted on 04/05/2012 11:23:30 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Abathar

I agree, I am surprised some salvage company hasn’t tried to claim it.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 11:24:05 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: Abathar

Heck 2000 gallons of Diesel? What’s Diesel selling for in Nome? ;-)


7 posted on 04/05/2012 11:24:28 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: trailhkr1

Why not just tow it back to port and salvage it?

can’t do that ,makes too much sense , so , IT MUST DIE !!!!


8 posted on 04/05/2012 11:26:01 AM PDT by molson209
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To: Kartographer

Be funny to see Sig and the guys run out and get her running, she still has a couple thousand gallons of diesel on board too.


9 posted on 04/05/2012 11:28:41 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: DogByte6RER

That’s gay, why not let the navy attack it? Shoot deck guns at it, strafe it, have some fun, train a little. Planted explosives,,, sheesh. Typical bureaucratic textbook ,, headquarters approved answer.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 11:29:08 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: Abathar

Calling Captain Phil Harris! Now here would be a CATCH for you!


11 posted on 04/05/2012 11:31:07 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Abathar
Sig's on his way....
12 posted on 04/05/2012 11:33:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DesertRhino

Why not have the TSA screen the ship first?


13 posted on 04/05/2012 11:33:20 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: DogByte6RER

I think obama and his entire cabinet should take an EXTENDED tour of this ship.

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14 posted on 04/05/2012 11:35:38 AM PDT by flatfish
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To: DogByte6RER

Send the Japanese Co. that owns the ship a hefty bill...

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15 posted on 04/05/2012 11:36:49 AM PDT by flatfish
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To: Abathar

brass, copper, highstrength pipe, all kinds of valuable materials.


16 posted on 04/05/2012 11:37:20 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: DogByte6RER

Someone should tell the U.S. Coast Guard that the War is over , this could bite them


17 posted on 04/05/2012 11:42:16 AM PDT by molson209
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To: DogByte6RER

I bet the owners told the US Coast Guard that they already claimed the insurance value and were distressed it was found.

Its true that an ocean going tug could move it to port for salvage but that is only if a salvage company had discovered it, made a salvage claim and then fronted the cash for such a tow which apparently has not happened.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 11:50:57 AM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: trailhkr1
Because it's more fun to blow it up?
19 posted on 04/05/2012 11:53:29 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: trailhkr1

Full of radiation, dude!


20 posted on 04/05/2012 11:58:26 AM PDT by man from mars
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To: Abathar

Another story says that it’s too expensive to salvage for what you’d get for it, and that the owner doesn’t want it back, probably for the same reason. You say that scrap iron is $250 a ton. The ship weighs 150 tons. That means $37,500. Minus out the costs of a tug to tow it someplace they’ll actually give you that much and it doesn’t look like much of a business plan. Maybe there’s some value in the other equipment, but keep in mind that it’s been drifting in the ocean for over a year now. A lot of it must be trashed by this time.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 11:59:21 AM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Kartographer
Calling Captain Phil Harris!

Well, since it is a "ghost ship", that is apropos.

22 posted on 04/05/2012 12:07:21 PM PDT by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: hattend

Think of the ratings! Ghost and Ghost Ship!!!!


23 posted on 04/05/2012 12:09:59 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

"Hold it there, mate. This is my pathetic excuse for a seaworthy vessel, and you're standing aboard it, so you might want to show it, and me, her captain, some respect."


24 posted on 04/05/2012 12:10:49 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: DesertRhino

I think it should be loaded with hidden explosives, remotely controled detonators, a tracking device and towed to Somalia. Then left as bait.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 12:28:34 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Eaker

Your H.A.T. tagline is needed on this thread.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 12:29:52 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: trailhkr1; thackney

If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 12:38:59 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker

Perfect.

If one of the options is blowing this up, WHY are there other options?


28 posted on 04/05/2012 12:40:40 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Eaker

I think putting a Mk 48 into her would be more fun (though overkill) than a bunch of 25mm HE rounds. USCG really doesn’t get to do SINKEXes so I guess they deserve a chance this time.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 12:49:06 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist; Eaker

Delivery method of the explosives is an option to consider.

But the ability to use explosives rules out all other non-explosive options.


30 posted on 04/05/2012 12:57:57 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: trailhkr1

I’d buy it and turn it into a Bering Sea gold dredger.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT by mcshot (Friends of A. Breitbart concerned by removal of US flags near the Presidential podium.)
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To: Abathar; Kartographer
New story in the Anchorage paper this morning is that some Canadian fisherman have claimed salvage rights and the CG is going to let them give it a go first.

Also says the boat was getting ready to be scrapped when it was set adrift, so it probably is not operational, nor does it probably have the 2k gallons of diesel quoted here (that is its capacity.)

*UPDATE* In the time between my reading that article and typing this, the Canadians have given up on salvage.

Coast Guard to sink ghost ship after all

32 posted on 04/05/2012 2:08:17 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Price that ship out new or good used, and then get a cost to refurbish it, you might be surprised.

There is money to be made on that ship in that condition for free, the hull with running engines alone blasted and painted is worth good money if corrosion isn’t too deep.


33 posted on 04/05/2012 2:12:00 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: GATOR NAVY

I thought it was in running condition when set adrift, if it was already in salvage condition in Japan then everything valuable has already been stripped.

Have fun boys, just don’t put it where the drag nets go.


34 posted on 04/05/2012 2:16:35 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: thackney
Lets see if there were only three rats on the ship when it got washed out to sea, and Assuming the only one of them is a female.
Rats can reach sexual maturity at 5 weeks of age,Rats do not recognize incest, so brothers and sisters and even mothers and sons are game. It has been estimated that a mated pair of rats can produce up to 15,000 babies in one year.

Don't know about ya'll but you ain't gonna find my butt on board.....

35 posted on 04/05/2012 2:19:41 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ok, this is all fine and dandy - blow up a ship.

How many fish will die?
How many penguins will have to be bathed?
Will sea life be evacuated before the explosion?
Will suicide bombers be involved?
What about water pollution?
Will the debris be contained?
Will this explosion increase global warming?
Is osama manning the ship?


36 posted on 04/05/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: DogByte6RER

Can we at least salvage the diesel fuel before sinking it? Unless it is highly radioactive, let’s use the useable and not have it leak out into the ocean at some future date for liberals to bitch about and turn into an issue.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 6:12:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

How hard would this be to tow back for salvage. Or is steel that plentiful today? I would think somebody could tow it to shore for salvage rather than sink her.


38 posted on 04/05/2012 7:44:20 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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