Other names: Fennia (1983-2001), Casino Express (2001-2007), C.Express (2007-2009), Onyx (2009-2010), Kaptain Boris (2010)
Flag: Sierra Leone
In 2010, the Onyx had been used for several years as a passenger ship between Finland and Sweden. She had belonged to the Finnish government from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, the Onyx remained anchored in Finland as her fate had to be determined. Her new owner, a Caribbean-registered company, claimed she would be used as a cargo ship. But as asbestos was contained in the ship’s structure, the Onyx was not allowed to leave Finnish waters without significant repairs, otherwise proper waste management would have needed to be carried out prior to her departure. The Finnish government finally released the ship in 2009. After a troublesome journey (the Onyx had to stop in the UK and in France for repairs, which proved the ship was in no state to be used for cargo), it arrived in Pakistan in 2010. The ship never arrived in Dubai, where its owner had claimed it would be used.
>> See our press release “Finland Permits Illegal Export of Hazardous Waste”
>> See the letter on the illegal export of the Onyx to the Minister of the Environment of Finland sent by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform
>> See the Basel Convention website