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Central team to inspect ship Platinum II near Alang

Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 17:12

Bhavnagar: A three-member team from the
Union government, including head of the Radiology safety
Division from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), will
inspect ship Platinum-II, anchored near Alang and allegedly
carrying toxic and radioactive substance, Gujarat Maritime
Board (GMB) officials said on Monday.

"A three-member team from the Central government has
arrived here and are on their way to inspect the Platinum II
ship," the officials told a news agency here.

"The team includes a senior officer each from the
Ministry of Environment, Steel and Dr S A Hussain from the
AERB," they said, adding officials of Gujarat Pollution
Control Board (GPCB) are also accompanying the team.

According to sources, Platinum II is anchored near
Gopnath some 40 nautical miles from the Alang coast.

The Central team is here as part of the inquiry ordered
by the Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh last week
after Indian Platform on Shipbreaking (IPOS) alleged that
Platinum-II (previously known as S S Independence and S S
Oceanic) was loaded with toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
contaminated material, asbestos as part of its construction
along with radioactive substances.

When asked if there was any damage to ship Platinum II
while anchoring, the GMB officials said that they did not have
any information in this regard.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009 - 17:12
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