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Aquapolis Heads for Shanghai Scrapyard

Date Posted: 2000-10-27

The American scrap dealer who recently bought the Aquapolis, reportedly paid ¥14 million for the floating structure, The company began towing it to Shanghai for scrapping this week.

Okinawa Vice Governor Hirotaka Makiya said that he felt rather sad about the demise of the Aquapolis. “For years the Aquapolis was one of the best known symbols of Okinawa, but I also understand that there was nothing we could do to preserve it,” Makiya said.

Since the Aquapolis closed to the public five years ago there have been numerous plans to re-build it. The plans included towing it to Naha Port and turning it into a theme park or a floating restaurant complex. None of the plans came through, mainly due to the lack of financing.

The buyer, Chenco Marine, is a large scrap metal dealer that specializes in scrapping ships. It reports annual sales of $20 billion. Prefectural officials still have to bear the cost of removing the bridge that connects Aquapolis to the shore.

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