Gujarat on alert for vessel with poisonous materials ‘heading to Alang’

2020/10 09 00:10

Written by Avinash Nair
| Ahmedabad |

October 9, 2020 5:48:44 am


Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat, gujarat high alert, Jesslyn Natuna dismantling in alang ship breaking centre, Jesslyn Natuna hazardous ship, indian express newsGMB officers additionally mentioned they’ve been alerted about this ship 4 months in the past and have been sustaining a strict vigil. (Representational)

The authorities in Gujarat are looking out for a floating storage and offloading tanker, Jesslyn Natuna, which is alleged to include hazardous waste and is headed for the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat for being dismantled.

“The Gujarat police has despatched us a letter asking us to flow into amongst our members to not purchase this ship. It doesn’t look like anybody has purchased this vessel,” Haresh Parmar, honorary secretary of Ship Recycling Industries Affiliation, advised The Indian Specific.

On Thursday, Toxics Hyperlink, an Indian environmental and analysis advocacy organisation, despatched an electronic mail stating that the vessel renamed as “J Nat” “incorporates 1,500 tonnes of hazardous supplies” equivalent to residue oils, PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), mercury and asbestos.

“The Intelligence Bureau and the Coast Guard have additionally been inquiring about this vessel. No such vessel has come to Alang or is scheduled to reach within the subsequent few days. There aren’t any agency reviews and no ship-breaker has declared about it,” mentioned a senior official of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), a nodal company of the Gujarat authorities that screens and manages ship-breaking actions at Alang. Officers from the state authorities mentioned that there is no such thing as a data of any ship-breaker at Alang having bought the tanker.

GMB officers additionally mentioned they’ve been alerted about this ship 4 months in the past and have been sustaining a strict vigil.

Toxics Hyperlink, which despatched the mail, mentioned the details about the poisonous ship got here from Brussels-based NGO, Shipbreaking Platform. “We have now requested them to despatched documentary proof concerning the ship headed to Alang. They’re but to do it,” mentioned Satish Sinha, affiliate director of Toxics Hyperlink.

The mail from the NGO states that the ship was operated within the Natuna gasoline subject and was owned by Indonesian firm International Niaga Bersama PT. It was offered to the present proprietor SOMAP Worldwide Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based firm, which has renamed the vessel as “J Nat”. It additionally said that the GMB was alerted in Might 2020 concerning the doable arrival of the ship at Alang, after Bangladesh halted its import. It said October 14, 2020 because the doable date of arrival of the ship at Alang in Bhavnagar district.delhi riots

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