Treasure island: I found the Greeks on the sunken ships
Local residents fear the consequences initiated by the authorities operations.
In Elefsina Bay, near Piraeus, the main Greek port, started operation on lifting and utilization of sunken ships.
More than fifty abandoned cargo and passenger vessels decades lie at the bottom of the Gulf, poisoning its waters and create hazards to navigation.
These wrecks called the environmental bomb — some still leaking oil.
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.
In this situation, to begin work on recycling, the Greek authorities are forced to declare abandoned vehicles public property.
After this, companies involved in recycling, sort and take out what was left of the ships.
Work is performed free of charge in exchange for the opportunity to take mined for scrap.
Two further problems faced by the Greek authorities, — lack of licensed shipyards in the area and the IRE of local residents.
The inhabitants of these places are wary of a possible environmental pollution that can occur during lifting and dismantling of large ships.
“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.