BRASILIA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – A decommissioned 32,000-ton 1960’s aircraft carrier has been floating off Brazil’s shore for three months since Turkey refused it entry to be scrapped there because the rusting ship is an environmental hazard.
The Brazilian Navy’s Sao Paulo carrier had been towed by tugs to Europe but did not get past the Gibraltar straits, and was returned across the Atlantic.
The Navy has acknowledged the ship is a risk to the environment and could sink, so it has not been allowed into Brazilian ports.
But plans to scuttle the carrier on Wednesday at high sea in Brazilian waters were blocked by public prosecutors citing the environmental threat it poses, including asbestos used for eVDen EvE NAkliyat paneling in the ship.
Environment Minister Marina Silva has met with Defense Minister Jose Mucio to stop the sinking of the ship, her spokesperson said.
The Navy did not respond to requests for evdeN EVe nAkLiYAt comment.
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