Brazil’s 34,000-ton, 870-foot aircraft carrier Sao Paulo is embroiled in a global controversy over its toxic contents and could be sunk off the coast of Brazil. The ship was sold for scrap to a Turkish shipyard in 2021, but Turkey revoked its entry permit due to Brazil failing to show the ship was loaded with asbestos. The Brazilian Navy seized the ship as it was in danger of sinking, and is now considering abandoning the ship at sea and sinking it with explosives. Environmental watchdogs are concerned that sinking the ship would be an environmental catastrophe, as it contains thousands of metric tons of asbestos and other hazardous compounds. The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment has condemned the Navy’s intention to abandon the ship, but the Navy will ultimately decide how to handle it.
Today: December 4, 2023