SeaMonster reader Eric sent in this piece about the controversial decision by NOAA and the US Coast Guard to sink a “ghost” ship that was released from Japan by last years tsunami. It seems to me it would have been good to remove the fuel from the ship before sinking it, although maybe the fire burnt most of it off, minimizing environmental harm. Regardless, I can see why the Coast Guard wouldn’t want this thing floating around. However, it would have made a good platform for Survivor XXI: Lost at Sea.
The Japanese ship, Ryou-Un Maru, floated across the Pacific Ocean after it was ripped from its moorings by the tsunami last March. It is floating roughly 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska.
Coast Guard officials decided to sink the ship amid fears that it could disrupt traffic as it drifted through shipping lanes or spill fuel from its 2,000 gallon tank should it run aground.
Read the full piece here.