Reductions in oil dependency create a massive recycling challenge!
Thousands of unusable oil tankers, some 40 stories high may need to either be repurposed or scrapped. Scrapping is both dangerous and expensive and while it produces steel for reuse, doesn’t take advantage of ships structure through some sort of re-use.
Now according to a story in Fast Company Co.Exist, designers in the Middle East are looking at turning tanker super-structures into villages. An extraordinary and fascinating idea.
After carving out the internal structure of a megatanker, the designers propose turning it into an airy public space for events, a museum, shops, and even housing, with a park-like area on the top deck. At over 1,300 feet long, some tankers could easily accommodate an entire neighborhood.
It wouldn’t be an easy conversion to make—cleaning toxic waste off tankers can cost as much as $1 million in current recycling processes, depending on the size of the ship. “The dismantling and cleaning of parts which will not used in the ship anymore would be the biggest part during construction,” says Collaris. (Click below to the next page in the article)