“A major environmental crime”: the former Foch aircraft carrier could end up at the bottom of the ocean

"A major environmental crime": the former Foch aircraft carrier could end up at the bottom of the ocean

A major environmental crime the former Foch aircraft carrier could

In June 2022, the Sok Denizcilik shipyard obtained authorization from the Brazilian authorities to transport it to Turkey for dismantling. But, while he was at the level of the Strait of Gibraltar, at the end of August, the Turkish environmental authorities had made it known that he was no longer welcome. The former aircraft carrier was previously towed by a Dutch tugboat on behalf of the Turkish shipyard Sok Denizcilik. The latter bought it for scrap in April 2021, but threatened to abandon it for lack of finding a port to welcome it.

Since then, Sao Paulo has been at an impasse, finding no base: Brazil brought it back, but without allowing it to dock, despite the observation of a “worsening damage” at the level of the hull. The Brazilian navy nevertheless took the ship under tow on Friday in the Atlantic Ocean, 315 kilometers from the Brazilian coast. On Tuesday, it made it known that in view of its state of degradation and “high risk” that it represents for the environment, it will not allow its return to a port or to Brazilian territorial waters.

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