Right now, I’m on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, off the coast of West Africa, working on a pirate fishing campaign. It’s been an expedition of extremes – the beauty of nature, and the harshness of human existence. Last week we visited an anchored fleet of rusting Chinese vessels, with marooned fisherman on board…
We’re in the big African Queen inflatable, cruising alongside an anchored trawler. It’s more rust than metal – the ship is rotting away. The foredeck is covered in broken machinery. The fish deck is littered with frayed cables, and the mast lies horizontally, hanging over the starboard side. A large rusty Chinese character hangs on railings above the bridge, facing forward. It reads ‘happiness’.
Read More: The Chinese Zombie Ships »
Boingboing.net: Chinese “ghost ship” fishing boats rotting off of W African coast, Thursday, March 30, 2006
I’ve been quoted in TIME!: Greenpeace Goes Fishing, Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006
Update 8th June 2006:
Mare Magazine: West Africa’s Zombie Ships by Dave Walsh
Mare.de in English