NYC DEP sludge tanker MV Newtown Creek. Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

The Sun Sentinel reports (thanks h/t Mitch Waxman) that the NYC DEP sludge tanker Newtown Creek that most recently carried compressed patties of our waste (and still has the ‘eau du toilette’ to prove it) has been bought at public auction by the city of Pompano Beach, Florida.

Artificial reef. Photo by Roderick Eime (CC 2.0)

 

The decommissioned sludge boat will first be staged to look like a casino, complete with poker tables and roulette wheels, before being scuttled to become part of the area’s newest artificial reef dive playground, Shipwreck Park.

NYC DEP sludge tanker MV Newtown Creek. Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

Sun Sentinel: The 305-foot long, 2,557-ton Newtown Creek will retire in July to the watery depths about a mile and a half east of the [Pompano Beach] pier for its new life as an artificial reef. This reef will join several wrecks nearby to form the city’s Shipwreck Park.

Artificial reef. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nicholas S. Tenorio (PD)

 

Pompano paid $312,500 that was matched by Isle Casino to buy, clean, transport and “furnish” the ship.

NYC DEP sludge tanker MV Newtown Creek. Photo by ©Mitch Waxman

 

Next week, the city expects to finalize the contract to bring the 50-year-old tanker about 930 miles south. Read more from the Sun Sentinel here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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