Indian Supreme Court temporarily denies entry of "toxic" cruise liner SS Norway, pending review by new ship recycling committee

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15 May 2006

India's Supreme Court Refuses to Stop "Toxic" Ship

Author: Reuters

Greenpeace and other groups say the 46,000-tonne Blue Lady contains more than 900 tonnes of asbestos and is sailing for Alang in the western state of Gujarat to be scrapped. Indian yards lack the modern technology to safely handle such waste, putting the health of workers at risk, activists say. The [Supreme] court...referred the matter to an expert panel appointed by it earlier this year to look into the working conditions at Alang, home to scores of family-run shipbreakers... The Blue Lady...was owned by Malaysia's Star Cruises Ltd when a boiler room explosion killed seven of its crew in May 2003.

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12 May 2006

Toxic cruise ship SS Norway denied entry by India after activist warning - More Asbestos than Clemenceau

Author: NGO Platform on Shipbreaking

Following a petition filed by Ban Asbestos Network India (BANI), a member of the global NGO Platform on Shipbreaking, the Indian Supreme Court has temporarily denied entry of the toxic cruise liner SS Norway (aka SS Blue Lady, SS France) into Indian territorial waters pending a review by the newly established Indian Technical Committee on Ship Recycling, initially formed to deal with the French ex-aircraft carrier being tugged toward the infamous scrapping beaches of Alang on the Gujarat coast of India, allegedly sold to an Indian Shipbreakers Consortium, Regent Shipping.

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