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Sao Paulo was once the flagship of the Brazilian Navy. But as of February 4th, it’s she’s one of the biggest pieces of trash in the ocean.
In March 2021, the Brazilian Navy sold the aircraft carrier for scrap to a Turkish shipyard.but the ship was denied It was discovered by Turkish authorities because it contained asbestos, a toxic substance commonly found on 20th-century ships.
On February 4, the Brazilian Navy sank a ship in the Atlantic about 217 miles off the Brazilian coast. According to a press release from the Navy.
This was a controversial move. Several environmental groups opposed the sinking of the ship because of the asbestos it contained.
“The sinking of the aircraft carrier São Paulo released large amounts of asbestos, mercury, lead and other highly toxic substances to the seafloor,” Greenpeace said in a statement. According to Reuters.