Bay of Nouadhibou Ship Graveyard

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Bay of Nouadhibou Ship Graveyard

The view off the coast of Mauritania’s Bay of Nouadhibou is spotted with rusting hulks in every direction, ships that were cheaper to illegally abandon in the harbor than to correctly dismantle.

The city of Nouadhibou is the second-largest settlement in Mauritania, but due to the limited employment opportunities, it is also somewhat poor. This economic hardship, as it often does, led to widespread corruption in the local government. Dismantling large boats is a costly procedure, and unscrupulous ship owners found that for a comparatively small bribe they could simply abandon their unwanted sea hulks in Nouadhibou bay. Ships were brought from all over the world to be left in the shallow waters with a particular boom during the 1980s. Fishing trawlers, cargo vessels, and naval cruisers are just some of the varied types of boats among the over 300 rusting ships that have accumulated over the years like coral.

Despite the environmental concerns of toxic oils, paints, and rust seeping into the waters of the bay, the rotting ships have produced a few surprising benefits. In addition to a continuing salvage industry that has sprung up around the wrecks, their deteriorating hulls have actually provided new habitats for fish and undersea life, giving the city’s vital fishing industry a much-needed shot in the arm.

Things to do in Bay of Nouadhibou Ship Graveyard

The history and photography is a big activity for tourist and truly it’s unbelievable to see how many ships are dumped here.

How to get to Bay of Nouadhibou Ship Graveyard

You can hire special hire vehicles from the town of Nouadhibou to reach the ship graveyards by the Atlantic.

Where to stay in Bay of Nouadhibou Ship Graveyard

Your options for accommodation will be in the town of Nouadhibou and some of the places to look out for include free zone hotels, Hotel Valencia, Hotel Tasiast.

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