(Written by Katrine Groenvald Raun)
1 November 2013 - The Greek might be prone to sending vessels to shores in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh for scrapping, but Norwegian carriers are also sending a large number of vessels to the sternly criticized and, not least, highly dangerous scrapping industry in Southeast Asia. That’s the conclusion of a new survey conducted by international, Oslo-based NGO organization, Bellona, and the association of several environmentalists in Shipbreaking Platform, who has for several years been putting the regions’ scrapping industry and the huge consequences it has for workers and the environment on the agenda.
In the last four and a half years, 107 retirement-ready, Norwegian-controlled vessels have been sent to the shores for scrapping, according to Dagens Næringsliv. The list of scrapping-eager carriers feature prominent names like Odfjell, who tops the list, followed by Salhus Shipping, Star Reefers, Green Reefers, Camilllo Eitzen & Co., and Champion Tankers. And Knutsen OAS Shipping/Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi, and Frontline are also featured, the Norwegian newspaper writes.
“On some carriers’ webpages there is a focus on responsibility to society and the environment. Meanwhile, the same carriers are scrapping old vessels in places where the work environment is beneath contempt and with obvious environmental damage,” senior advisor Svend Søyland from Bellona tells Dagens Næringsliv.