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Disappearing ships and ship recycling in Art Marvik mystery thriller LOST VOYAGE

Lost Voyage an Art Marvik mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonWhile researching for Art Marvik mystery thriller, LOST VOYAGE, number three in the series of currently four, I discovered quite a lot about the ship recycling business.

In LOST VOYAGE, the Mary Jo, a salvage tug, went missing in 2003 on its way to Newfoundland where it was to tow an obsolete Russian cruise ship back to Britain for recycling. Now  someone claims to have found her locked in the Arctic ice, it is a claim that sparks a series of murders.

Marvik’s undercover mission for the UK’s Police National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) is to discover the secret of the Mary Jo and find a ruthless assassin who has embarked on a slaying spree to prevent the secret from ever being revealed.

"Plenty of action, I didn't want to put the book down. A good read for mystery thriller fans." Net Galley

Ship recycling is centuries old

The fabric of a ship, wood in the past and steel today, has always held considerable value but ship recycling is a very complex, highly competitive business. It is also is a highly dangerous occupation, it’s not easy cutting apart steel structures and many ships contain toxic material such as plastics, asbestos and radioactive material. There is therefore also a cost to the environment. When it comes to where the ship is to be recycled there is huge disparity between nations on safety regulations.

Ship Recycling

The term ship recycling didn’t actually come into being until 1999. Today they manage to reuse about ninety-eight percent of the ship’s weight, recycling steel and other metals. The value of a ship at the end of its life is determined by its freight - if it has some on board- the sale and purchase market for ships - if it is to be sold on to another shipping company- and the demand for scrap steel, which is highest in the sub-continent where the labour market is cheap and there is less regulation. All of its fixtures and fittings would also have a value and therefore could be sold on to recoup the price paid for the vessel.

The gripping, fast-paced, action packed, Art Marvik mystery thrillers

The Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers by Pauline Rowson"Fans of Rowson’s DI Andy Horton books will be delighted with her series featuring former marine commando Art Marvik. A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist

The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers available in paperback and ebook, Amazon Kindle.

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