EU must act to curtail European companies’ practice of hazardous shipbreaking in South Asia & China, says NGO

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5 February 2013

European Shipowners dumped 365 Toxic Ships on South Asian Beaches Last Year

Author: Shipbreaking Platform

365 toxics-laden ships were sent for breaking by European shipowners to the beaches of South Asia in 2012...This number represents a 75% increase from 2011...The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is currently working with the European Parliament to introduce a financial mechanism that would help shipowners internalize the costs of proper disposal of the hazardous materials found in end-of-life vessels...China is another major destination of concern for end-of-life ships sold by EU-based shipowners....[the NGO] notes with continued concern...the absence of independent trade unions in China [and] the lack of proper downstream management of toxic residues such as PCBs...[Refers to MSC]

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7 February 2013

The end of the Probo Koala [China]

Author: Robin des Bois

The Hua Wen, ex-Probo Koala [ship] is going to be demolished in the coming weeks in China. From August 2006 on, the scattering in Abidjan of desulphurization waste containing mercaptan and hydrogen sulphide [from the ship, when it was chartered by Trafigura]…provoked a panic…[in the] Ivory Coast business capital. 16 fatalities were officially reported; the victims had been exposed to the toxic…waste which had been unloaded from the Probo Koala slop tanks…In May 2011, the ship, renamed Gulf Jash…was sold for demolition…Robin des Bois sent a warning to the Bangladeshi authorities about the sanitary risks for workers during scrapping, taking into account the story of the ship. So…[it] was excluded from the Bangladesh territorial waters…Gulf Jash…[was] sold to the Chinese “Pan Chinese Ocean Corp” and once more renamed…Hua Feng…She just arrived in Taizhou ship-breaking yard….where she met with the ex-Probo Bear now Hua Di. The two ships will be demolished by Taizhou Weiye Scrapping & Rolling Co Ltd, 150 km upstream Shanghai. Considering their pungent past, Robin des Bois wishes sanitary measures be taken to protect the workers…

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