Scrapping Cruise Ships By Bruce Bennett

         I have never been on a cruise ship and don’t really care too much about them, which is to say, I have never woken up in the middle of the night after having a nightmare that some cruise ship was being scrapped, but no doubt, after Covid-1984, anything is possible:

“Cruise ships are being dismantled and sold as scrap metal due to the coronavirus pandemic all but destroying the global cruise industry.

Key points:

  • Cruise ships were home to some of the earliest clusters of coronavirus
  • The industry has suffered a downturn due to the pandemic
  • Vessels from Britain, Italy and the United States have arrived for dismantling

Earlier this month, aerial footage shot by drones showed workers stripping walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels docked in Aliaga, a town 45 kilometres north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast.

Three more ships are set to join five already being dismantled.

Chairman of a ship recycling industrialists' association, Kamil Onal, said before the pandemic Turkey's ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships.

"But after the pandemic, cruise ships changed course towards Aliaga in a very significant way," he said.

"There was growth in the sector due to the crisis. When the ships couldn't find work, they turned to dismantling."

The vessels have arrived for dismantling from Britain, Italy and the United States.”

         Well, maybe dismantling them is not such a good idea; perhaps the Left could buy them and make them into Waterworld-like vessels, mobile homes for refugees when the dreaded sea level rises come. At least in their Green religion.



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Wednesday, 17 August 2022