This article below proves that mold is a serious problem with not only plants, people, homes and buildings, but also boats and ships.

A recent CBC news investigation found that Canada’s front-line navy ships have serious mold problems that is affecting the health of sailors while deployed overseas.

According the to the CBC, documents and videos show not only mold-crusted vents, filters, ducts and even food stores, but also serious safety hazards resulting from an extraordinary buildup of condensation, which spills and splashes over electrical panels.

Unfortunately, these facts have been known for many years. Apparently the navy is broke and has no money for the repairs needed for the ships. Navy officials and sailors also have to be careful because speaking out about the dangerous conditions could cost them their jobs.

“The navy has struggled to deal with the blight in the ventilation systems of the warships since it was first documented aboard HMCS St. John’s in the fall of 2011, but a former senior non-commissioned officer says his repeated pleas to fix the situation fell on deaf ears.

In the book, Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WWII Tell Their True Stories, the author writes about how their bread would become moldy only after a few days at sea. There bread was stored just below the deck in a locker that was exposed to the water and dampness. The cooks would cut the mold off and try to eat the bread before the mold took over. But normally the mold would win the battle.

The CBC further reported:

There was “mould and moisture throughout the ship,” said a Nov. 30, 2011, internal presentation obtained by CBC News.

The precision air-conditioning units “were not effectively dehumidifying the ship,” creating a literal flood of moisture buildup within the system, which led to “conditions for harbouring respiratory bacteria” and “potential crew-wide health issues.”

The navy went further and commissioned an independent report that found the ventilation system “was showing signs of severe water retention, and this poses a significant health risk to ship’s crew.”

The Oct. 12, 2012, analysis, by Bronswerk Climate, also said the fresh air system was in a “serious state of disrepair,” despite a recent overhaul.

The company inspected at least three other frigates — HMCS Halifax, HMCS Toronto and HMCS Calgary — in 2012 and 2013 and found similar conditions.

The navy’s maintenance budget between 2011 and 2013 was routinely raided and clawed back for other priorities at National Defence, MacLaughlin said.

The department, at that time, was lapsing hundreds of millions of dollars back to the federal treasury (that is, returning part of its unused budget) on an annual basis in the former Conservative government’s drive to balance the budget — something that angered MacLaughlin.

“People have to understand the consequences,” he said. “Most people in the public service will not say anything because it’s their job on the line.”

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