Ship Recycling: Cap'n Oscar

Every year, 1,400 ships are sent overseas to be broken and dismantled on the shoreline with no consideration for the environment. Fuel, chemicals and other toxins are flowing into the ocean from these sites like the one in Alang, India, shown below.

Alang, India

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Alang, India

In addition to the environmental atrocities occuring at these ship breaking sites above, working conditions are deplorable, as shown in the video below.

Blue Ocean Environmental, established by environmental activist Frank Allen, seeks to change all of that by implementing its clean ship recycling program in locations across the U.S. and around the world. A pilot project has been identified in Astoria, Oregon to demonstrate the process. 
The Cap'n Oscar is a fishing vessel that sunk not once but twice in the Columbia River in Oregon near Astoria. At the urging of Frank Allen, the Port of Astoria removed the vessel from the river and stored it in a hangar at Tongue Point, the proposed site of Blue Ocean Environmental's first ship recycling facility.

Recycling the Cap'n Oscar will demonstrate the viability and economic/environmental benefits of recycling vessels responsibly. On completion of the recycling project, results will be taken to government and corporate leaders in an effort to improve business practices and environmental protection standards. Eventually, a cradle-to-grave recycling protocol will be developed and implemented as the standard. 

Read the Port of Astoria's letter of support for addressing derelict vessels 

Find out why Blue Ocean Environmental demands ship recycling to be the rule, not the exception

GOAL: $70,000 raised by May 31, 2016

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Frank C. Allen
Astoria, OR

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