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French Ship docks in Alang, Gujarat

by Medindia Content Team on  August 19, 2006 at 4:03 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
French Ship docks in Alang, Gujarat
The Blue Lady, known as a jewel in the French shipping industry has anchored in the Western Indian port of Alang, the world's biggest breaking yard, in the Gujarat State. Asbestos -lined former ocean liner, this ship has come to India to be scrapped.
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Environmentalists are up in arms against this move, due to the fear of toxic waste that will pollute the environment during the scrapping exercise. The ship contains 1,200 tonnes of cancer-causing toxic waste which the workers at Alang cannot handle effectively. Greenpeace and other groups have pointed a finger at the pressure tactics which the courts have succumbed to, making the consent for such a scrapping exercise in India possible.

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It was only in February that the French government after much deliberation had recalled the decommissioned aircraft carrier Clemenceau which was on its way to Alang, after an exhaustive drive launched by Greenpeace and other environmental groups.

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I live on the wirral Merseyside and face the threat of toxic ships being broken up in the former cammell lairds ship yard.Friends of the earth have given their support to this possible enterprise and give the committtee set up to bring these death ships in.while I understand the point that they'd prefer them to be broken up under strict health and safety conditions unlike those in Alang in gugarat that still leaves the major problem of disposal of these toxic substances such as asbestos on average over a thousand tonnes per vessll, PCB's again in the high hundreds of tonnes and heavy oil still in the engines or tanks.It is a recipe for disaster. Most of these ships will come from countries that have the facilities to break theese ships up. And thats where they should be broken. I'd appreciate your comments on the above Yours in solidarity Tony weedon
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