In 2006, the Otapan, a Mexican-owned tanker anchored in Amsterdam since 1999, was sold for scrapping to Turkish shipbreaking yards. But the Otapan was stopped on her way to Turkey when the Turkish authorities denied entry to the ship into their territorial waters. They had learned that the Otapan contained much more than the 1 tonne of asbestos that had been officially mentioned: instead, 77 tonnes were present onboard. The Dutch government towed the ship back to the Netherlands, where she was cleaned of asbestos. In 2008, the Otapan was towed to Turkey and dismantled in the shipbreaking yards of Aliaga.
Greenpeace, an NGO Shipbreaking Platform member organisation, was instrumental in getting the ship towed back to the Netherlands in 2006 and 2007. The NGO fought the Dutch government’s decision to let the ship sail for Turkey on the grounds that a strong cargo of asbestos was onboard.