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DISHONORABLE DISPOSAL

Table 4: SINKEX Cost Estimates 2005-2008

Vessel Name

Navy SINKEX Cost Estimates

HORNE (CG 30)*

$750,000 (sunk in 2008)

JOUETT (CG 29)*

$750,000 (sunk in 2007)

PROTEUS (IX 518)*

$800,000 (recycled in 2008)

NEW ORLEANS (LPH 11)*

$800,000 (sunk in 2010)

FORT FISHER (LSD 40)*

$400,000 (recycled in 2009)

MAUNA KEA (AE 22)**

$754,550 (sunk in 2006)

MONTICELLO (LSD 35)**

$915,548 (sunk in 2010)

PYRO (AE 24)**

$754,549

FLORIKAN (ARS-9)**

$396,984 (recycled in 2010)

CLAMP (ARS-33)**

$363,484

BOLSTER (ARS-38)**

$363,484

RECLAIMER (ARS-42)**

$363,484

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  • *

    Navy vessel

** Maritime Administration vessel

Source: 2006 & 2008 Report to Congress on the Progress of the Vessel Disposal Program

Domestic Recycling Costs

Strict regulations and strong oversight now ensure that hazardous materials are disposed of with respect for the environment and human health in U.S. shipbreaking yards. Recycling

International,

an

independent

worldwide

publication,

said

in 2006,

“Visits to

shipbreaking yards around the world confirm that nobody upholds environmental and safety measures as stringently as the Americans.” The publication goes on to say, “…the USA has become the world’s leading ‘green’ recycler of marine ships…” BAN’s own site visits confirm that ship recycling in Brownsville, while not without room for improvement, is likely the best major ship recycling destination in the world. It is clear that once all externalities are accounted for, domestic recycling that provides

U.S.

jobs,

is

overwhelmingly

the

environmentally and economically preferred

method of vessel disposal.

In 2001, the Maritime

Administration

presented cost estimates to Congress for domestic scrapping of 140 NDRF vessels. MARAD concluded that each vessel would cost on average $2.5 million to scrap, which equates to an average of $338 per ton. In December 2002, MARAD used these cost estimates to ask congress to include a statute in Public Law 107-

314

(Bob

Stump

National

Defense

Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003) to allow MARAD to provide financial assistance to states for environmental preparation, towing, and/or sinking of vessels as artificial reefs in an effort to reduce ship disposal costs as if reefing were in fact cheaper. These cost estimates were also

2011

BASEL ACTION NETWORK

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