SS Norway / Blue Lady
Other names: SS France (1961-1988), SS Norway (1988-2006), Blue Lady (2006-2008)
In 2005 the SS Norway left Germany after her parent company claimed the ship would be repaired in Asia for further use in Australia. In 2006 she remained anchored in Malaysia after it was proven the ship had left Germany only to be sold to a shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh. As it was proven the ship contained large quantities of asbestos, the Bangladeshi authorities denied entry to the ship, and it was sent to India instead. There, the Indian technical committee that inspected the ship gave shipbreaking the green light.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform sent out a press release denouncing the pressure put on the technical committee to grant entry to the Blue Lady. The NGO also underscored that neither the 2003 Indian court’s order on pre-cleaning of ships, nor the Basel Convention, had been respected by the owners of the Blue Lady. In 2007, after a new inspection and a second report from the technical committee, the Indian court ruled again that the ship was safe for breaking. By the end of 2008, the entire ship had been broken up on an Indian beach.
For more information:
>> See the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s letter to German Senator Neumeyer about the export of the Blue Lady
>> See the Indian Supreme Court Order on the SS Norway/Blue Lady
>> See the Indian Technical Committee Inspection Report on the Blue Lady