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The end of the Probo Koala [China]

Author: Robin des Bois, Published on: 7 February 2013

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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