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)
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?
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.
I think obama and his entire cabinet should take an EXTENDED tour of this ship.
Send the Japanese Co. that owns the ship a hefty bill...
Someone should tell the U.S. Coast Guard that the War is over , this could bite them
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.
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?
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.
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.