Toxic Trade News / 9 May 2006
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Environmental Watchdog Opposes Toxic Ship's Entry Into India
by Shaveta Bansal, All Headline News
9 May 2006 (New Delhi, India) – The environmental watchdog, Greenpeace is opposing Malaysian cruise liner SS Norway’s entry into India for dismantling, citing high toxicity. As per Greenpeace the cruiser is one of the top 50 toxic ships in the world.

It has also said the government has not taken proper steps in dealing with such issues.

"The ship carries 900 tonnes of asbestos and also many other types of globally-banned toxic materials and a cancer causing chemical known as polychlorinate biphenyis," Ramapati Kumar, Greenpeace campaigner, told a press conference in New Delhi .

He mentioned that the ship has been purchased by a private shipping company in Alang in Gujarat , India at cost of $17 million.

Greenpeace had earlier successfully opposed the entry of French ship Clemenceau on account of same reasons. The French president had recalled Clemenceau in February 2005 following its alleged high levels of toxicity.

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