The dirty end of the luxury liner France
The poisonous side of an environmentally friendly means of transport

Leonardo, 5 June 2007, 4:05 p.m.
The consumption of fossil, in other words climatically harmful, fuels in shipping is low as measured in tonne kilometres. That’s why transport on the high seas is regarded as environmentally friendly. In contrast, absolute ecological catastrophes run their course at the end of a ship’s life. When the old tub has to be disposed of. Using the erstwhile transatlantic ocean liner France as an example, the programme “Leonardo” tells how industrial countries have relocated this dirty business to Asia.

Authors: Valentin Thurn and Britta Dombrowe
Executive Producer: Detlef Reepen


The radio feature as mp3 (opens an external mp3 player) (German)

The radio feature in a flash player (German)

Manuscript as PDF file