Sunday, April 27, 2014

GAO reports that MARAD needs to be transparent in ship disposal

Here is a link to a freshly released GAO report about ship disposal through the U.S. Maritime Administration. I am working to acquire more documentation to see how this fits in with the grand scheme of the situation with STORIS. Another request for information through EPA has gone out, even though they have yet to respond with the requested materials from the first FOIA submitted 3 1/2 months ago.

Nevertheless, the GAO report is still relevant and interesting reading. There is a reference to disposal agreements between MARAD and GSA and USCG on page 20. There are no references to the Amaya Curiel Scrapyard in Ensenada being a "qualified ship disposal facility" for obsolete American vessels.

The overall determination of the report is that MARAD needs to improve its communication and transparency in the disposal process for obsolete vessels. No kidding.

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