May 8th, 2008 04:24 EST
How's this for a Scientology horror story?
For years, Scientology has run a refitted rustbucket as a kind of "cruise ship" where the upper level courses are given.
Scientologists pay thousands of dollars to sail on the Freewinds, based out of the Dutch Antilles. Last year, there was a report, including video, of trucks dumping waste from the Freewinds into Bonaire marshes.
However, that`s not the big news. This is:WILLEMSTAD: During refurbishing and reparatory work, which involved removing the ceiling and paneling on cruise ship Freewinds, blue asbestos was released and ended up in the ventilation system.
Freewinds` captain did not report this when its own personnel were working on the ship on the Mathey warf in Otrobanda. The Curacao Drydock Company (CDM), where the ship was taken for reparatory work on the hull, heard from the surveyor that there may be asbestos on the ship. The captain acknowledged the incident and said that after the incident Freewinds had some investigation done. Keeping the incident quiet became more noticeable when it turned out that the 40-year-old ship contained blue asbestos.
The question is whether or not the blue asbestos dust, which can cause cancer, can be removed from the ship. The CDM has stopped all work on the ship. The ship was sealed and isolated and experts will investigate and measure the presence of asbestos dust in the hull and surrounding areas. Commissioners Eugene Rhuggenaath (Economic Affairs) and Humphrey Davelaar (Public Health) said on Friday.
CDM interim director Frank Esser, deputy head of the Department of Labour Affairs Christiene van der Biezen were accompanied by two inspectors and head of the health Department Tico Ras. Samples taken from the paneling last week by inspectors that were sent to the Netherlands showed that they contained significant amounts of blue asbestos. After an extraordinary meeting, the Executive Council decided to inform the public in general about the incident to avoid rumors and panic.
The CDM personnel were also informed via the media because it was impossible to gather all the workers Friday evening to personally give them the information."
Blue asbestos is a particularly deadly form of asbestos, and was used as insulation back before asbestos was known to cause mesothelioma and other lung problems.
Scientology officials were made aware of the problem back in 1987, and chose to ignore it. They have endangered the health of hundreds of people by their negligence.Here is the affidavit of Lawrence Woodcraft, a former Scientologist and architect who was tasked with refitting the vessel as a cruise ship for Scientology. http://www.lermanet.com/scientology/LawrenceWoodcraftAsbestos.htm
"One day Steve and I went into one of the cabins, which were in decrepit condition and he took a hammer and removed a section of paint from the outer steel wall, as he was curious about the construction. Under the layer of paint I noticed a powdery blue fibrous substance approximately 1 Â½" thick between the paint and the steel wall. I told him I thought it was asbestos, which is a hazardous substance, and the fibers must not be allowed to go airborne.
This was brought to the attention of the executive team in charge of the redesign. Since Hubbard had nothing to say about blue asbestos, they left it in place.
And here is some promo about the Freewinds and its function in Scientology. It is a very "special" ship indeed! http://www.scientology.org/religion/groups/pg011.html
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