Another ship carrying toxic substance docks at Alang

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 23:56

Ahmedabad: The Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has sought details from the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) and Gujarat
Maritime Board (GMB) on a ship that has come for dismantling at Alang which is allegedly carrying hazardous toxic substance.

"We have sought information from the GPCB and GMB with regard to a ship docked in Alang following an email by the Indian Platform on Ship breaking," Director, Focal Point Basel Convention, Hazardous Substances Management Division (MoEF), Dr Saroj said.
Convener of Indian Platform on Ship breaking (IPOS), Gopal Krishna, in a letter dated October 10 had written to the MoEF that a ship from the US `Platinum II` (formerly SS Independence) which had anchored at Alang Ship breaking yard in Bhavnagar district, was carrying hazardous toxic waste including radioactive substances.

"This 682 foot ocean liner is loaded with an estimated 210 tons of toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated material and an estimated 250 tons of asbestos as part of its construction," Krishna wrote in the letter and demanded that the ship should be sent back to the US.

Environment officer of GMB Atul Sharma said that the ship, brought in by Kampas Shipping Agency, Alang, is being inspected for hazardous substance and it would go on for the next 10 to 15 days.

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