A little bit of sad news for local Monterey Bay sailors. It looks like Gravelles Boatyard in Moss Landing will be closing down and sold by the end of the year. Apparently the $110,000,000 lawsuit filed by MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium research
Institute) naming Gravelles as a gross polluter, was too much. Apparently it is being sold to an ROV company.
Already other marine service
industries are feeling the pinch in the San Francisco
Bay from environmental groups. Yards do not seem to be able to keep up with changing demands put upon them. I also noticed the new bottom paint
on the shelves now with less copper in them.
It seems the industry is slowly dying off.