Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day 37

I'm kind of fascinated in logistics - often to my detriment where I won't for example go to a concert/event/something fun because I'm not sure how I'm going to get there - I let the logistics get the better of me sometimes.  And because of this I've always been fascinated with the logistics of how you get rid of old stuff - umm, like how do you test that an old dam is no longer safe, or what happens to old ships/trains/planes etc when they are no longer needed.  I know, I know.  I'm even thinking how odd I seem when I all my little foibles written down - weather, dams, bridges, logistics....weird........

Anyhow, I was researching what happens to old ships (and I won't spoil the suprise coz it's do blimmin interesting..) however I found this crazy place which is considered the largest ship graveyard in the world.  It's the Bay of Nouadhibou, in Mauritania, (which is in West Africa by the Sahara and no I had no idea either) where more than 300 old ships (most of them 25-50 years old) have been dumped here during last 20 years.

And it's no mystery  how those ships got there, because for years Mauritanian harbour officers have been taking bribes and allowing ships to be discarded in the harbour. Discarding a ship is very expensive so during the years many companies from all over the world got rid of their unwanted ships cheaply in the Bay of Nouadhibou.  But seriously folks check out this google map of the bay. 
Now THAT is crazy.  Did you take a look?  What happens now?  Does anyone care about how to get rid of them? - the logistics part of my brain is going BANANAS right now.  Can you tell?


  1. Wow, that is freaky! I am thinking some entrepreneurial soul will come along and turn them into:
    a) a maritime themed fun park - think roller coasters over and through all those boats. Possible health and safely issue...
    b)some kind of tourist b&b/hostel experience
    c)a ghoslty scaremongering tour that freaks you out (similar to Spookers in Auckland)
    d)low-rent housing (albeit slightly damp...)

    Am sure there is plenty more....

  2. Fab idea Sheree, god you're good. You should really think about pitching your ideas to the government of Mauritania. If there is one. Funny!!!!