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What is the alternative to dismantling of dead ships

what is alternative to the ’ship breaking’ of huge ships (eg aircraft carrier)that has become environment issue

Around the world, old naval aircraft carriers are scrapped because they have exhausted their ‘military’ life in terms of metal shield, armament and the communication capabilities.

The ship so decommissioned by the military can be bought below its scrap value as environment concerns put a restriction to its disposal process. A French ship recently sent to India as scrap had to go through government and legal hurdles before it was allowed in Indian Territory. So its further use as an operating ship would always be worthwhile as the scrap value is retained.


Such redundant ships are still seaworthy and can be positioned at high seas on rescue missions. After removal of heavy artillery, extra fuel tanks and other allied military equipment, it can be suitably modified to create space and area that can be used for -

* 1.Producing & Storing potable water, food & medicine, rescue equipment and fuel to support the rescue & relief operations.
2.Constructing operation theatres, ICU and sick quarters on board.
3.Quarters for the medical and rescue staff.
4.Short term refuge for victims.
5.desalination plant
6.Communication and watch station.

Cyclones are detected and tracked by satellite as they gather strength. Experts also predict within reasonable time the area where the landfall would occur. Local doctors, fire-fighters and other rescue teams are themselves subject to disaster. But still they are the best persons as they know the local language and the local terrain. If these persons are removed from the scene in advance and placed on this aircraft carrier then after the disaster they can be flown in straight from this carrier and efficiently utilised as the rescuers in the area. The sick and infirm can be brought on this ship before or after the disaster. This need not be limited to cyclonic disaster but also others like earth quake and fires in SE Asia where there are island nations.

Why a ship for such rescue?

Cyclone Path is tracked by a weather centre for at least 3 to 5 days, before it hits the land. The location can be predicted within several kilometres. As such if a relief ship follows the cyclone path it remains in a safe zone behind the storm, but at the same time, is immediately available at the location close to the disaster area. A cyclone after making the land fall, due to the residual storm effect keeps the area for many crucial hours out of bounds for approach and rescue from the land side. Even helicopters cannot fly in. Further delay takes place after that because the relief convoys can start only after assessing the roads and runways conditions. In many countries like in Africa rescue convoys can be subjected to loot on the way. This journey then takes place on the damaged roads in adverse weather conditions. The air journey after such confirmation may take further many hours to reach the nearest airport which it self may be far. Most of the time with the radio communications destroyed the actual requirement cannot be assessed. In such cases it normally happens that required items are missing and other items clutter the available storage area. A fleet of such ships can be acquired by United Nations and can be positioned at frequently affected locations around the world.

November 18th, 2009 | by admin |


  1. NDRF is called NDRF for a reason, Krishna... The industry and government is just too corrupt and criminally motivated to support humanitarian efforts. Been there done that.

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