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?
I agree, I am surprised some salvage company hasn’t tried to claim it.
Heck 2000 gallons of Diesel? What’s Diesel selling for in Nome? ;-)
brass, copper, highstrength pipe, all kinds of valuable materials.
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.
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.