Federal Public Ministry asks for definitive solutions for the ‘ship graveyard’ in Guanabara Bay


Image for illustrative purposes only of Guanabara Bay | Photo: Rafa Pereira – Diário do Rio

As a matter of urgency, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) requested the Court, through Public Civil Action (ACP), that public bodies act for a definitive solution to the abandonment of vessels in municipalities such as Rio, Niterói and São Gonçalo. The process was distributed in the 16th Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro. After the ship Sao Luiz collides with the Rio-Niterói Bridge on November 14, 2022, the Baía Viva Movement promoted a mobilization denouncing the problem that gave rise to the investigation.

MPF requested that the Court order the Port Authority to present, within 30 days, a mapping of abandoned vessels in Guanabara Bay and an inventory with information about each one and its assets, as well as specifications on the presence or absence of substances or materials potentially dangerous to the environment, health and navigation.

A judicial committee will monitor the entire process and will have the mission of assisting “the adoption of structural measures aimed at monitoring compliance with decisions and evaluating programs and projects presented, especially with regard to the explanation of the work methodology and techniques presented”.

The committee will be made up of representatives “from the National Waterway Transport Agency (ANTAQ), Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro, the Baía Viva Movement, as well as representatives from the area of ​​science and technology linked to waterway navigation and environmental preservation, notably those that present studies and specialization in relation to Guanabara Bay”.

“Geographer Elmo Amador, an enthusiast of studies on Guanabara Bay, in addition to being a reference on the subject, was one of the founders of the Baía Viva Movement. He coined the expression “ship cemetery” in the 1990s, when Rio de Janeiro was in the international spotlight for hosting the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), in mid-1992. This was considered a global framework for debates on environmental issues and their multiple interfaces in contemporary society. Since then, many socio-environmental problems have been multiplying involving the largest and most degraded urban bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The abandonment of vessels is just one of them, added to the lack of adequate sanitation in the surrounding municipalities, dumping of domestic waste and industrial pollution, among other problems”he said Sergio Ricardoone of the founders of Baía Viva.


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