ShippingWatch – Norwegian ships end up on Asian shores

(Written by Katrine Groenvald Raun)

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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.