Treasure island: I found the Greeks on the sunken ships

Treasure island: I found the Greeks on the sunken ships

Local residents fear the consequences initiated by the authorities operations.

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In Elefsina Bay, near Piraeus, the main Greek port, started operation on lifting and utilization of sunken ships.

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More than fifty abandoned cargo and passenger vessels decades lie at the bottom of the Gulf, poisoning its waters and create hazards to navigation.

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These wrecks called the environmental bomb — some still leaking oil.

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The process is complicated by the fact that ship owners are private persons, their heirs, companies registered in different regions — from Greece to Marshall Islands, great Britain and Honduras. Some of them went bankrupt, some are already impossible to find.

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In this situation, to begin work on recycling, the Greek authorities are forced to declare abandoned vehicles public property.

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After this, companies involved in recycling, sort and take out what was left of the ships.

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Work is performed free of charge in exchange for the opportunity to take mined for scrap.

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Two further problems faced by the Greek authorities, — lack of licensed shipyards in the area and the IRE of local residents.

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The inhabitants of these places are wary of a possible environmental pollution that can occur during lifting and dismantling of large ships.

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“This is a longstanding problem that we now solve. We are trying in a very short time and with a huge bureaucratic and legal barriers to export all the ships from the area,” said Charalampos Gargarita, Executive Director of the port authority of Eleusis.