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Wrecked warship is a 'timebomb'

Discussion in 'Military News articles' started by Drone_pilot, Aug 19, 2004.


  1. Drone_pilot United Kingdom

    Drone_pilot Mi Major General MI.Net Member

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    A World War II wreck in the Thames Estuary packed with explosives is a timebomb waiting to go off, a report has claimed.
    The American cargo ship SS Richard Montgomery, 2km off Sheerness in Kent, has 13,700 explosive devices on board.

    If the ship exploded it would be one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts ever and would devastate the port, the report in the New Scientist magazine claims.

    The Department of Transport said a risk assessment of the ship was in progress.


    Salvage 'too risky'

    The government commissioned the assessment in 1999, but it has not been published.

    Mick Hamer, who wrote the report for New Scientist, told the BBC he felt there were two main options - to bury the wreck in sand or concrete or to move all or part of it.

    But he said if the ship or its cargo was moved the whole of Sheerness would have to be evacuated because of the risk of explosion.

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    Possibly just scare-mongering on behalf of the DoT, as everyone knows it's there, everyone knows to stay the hell away from it, and everyone knows (if any of the explosives are still live, which is a possibility) then yes it could go up at any time. This is nothing new. Moving it is out of the question as, working on the assumption that the cargo IS still live, one wrong move and adios muchachos. Covering it in concrete, while a fairly good idea, has the same hazard as above. It hasn't gone off yet, and no-one knows whether it's cargo is still live or not, so just keep monitoring the wreck, keep people away and all will be fine. Why they wanna disturb it now I don't know, but to do any of the plans listed above the DoT is gonna have to close the Thames estuary for a year or more, re-house the entire population of Sheerness (as well as pay billions in compensation due to loss of earnings etc), have to find a volunteer army of divers, underwater demo-experts, ROV operators, ships etc AND pay them shitloads (because no-one can be ordered to do that kind of work with those risks involved) as well as house and feed them...it's going to cost the govt billions that they havn't got. Not forgetting that so much shipping docks in the Thames, shipping that we as a country need!

    Just adopt the attitude the French have to unexploded WW1 munitions-monitor it, seal the area off and leave it the hell alone!
     
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    public meeting ss richard montgomery

    The forthcoming public meeting in Chatham "a disaster waiting to happen" about the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery and its effect on the people of Kent and new airport proposals. Taking place 27th September 2012 Admission FREE

    http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com/images/meeting27092012.jpg
     

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