Toxic Trade News / 10 May 2006
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Plea for action against 'Blue Lady'
by Chennai Online (India)
10 May 2006 (New Delhi, India) – A lawyer associated with an NGO has asked the Supreme Court appointed high-level Committee of Technical Experts on Ship Breaking to take urgent action to stop a Norwegian ship allegedly carrying toxic materials from entering Indian waters.

Advocate Sanjay Parikh, who had appeared for NGO, Research Foundation for Science and Technology, during the recent controversy relating to the planned decommissioning of the French warship Le Clemenceau in Alang in Gujarat, has communicated the concern through Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian.

Parikh had yesterday mentioned before a Bench comprising Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice S H Kapadia about the Norwegian liner "Blue Lady" heading towards Gujarat coast.

Referring to the report and information gathered on downloading the material from the internet, the advocate has asked the Committee to verify various environmental concerns.

The advocate has sought immediate response from the Committee saying if there was any difficulty on the issue he would move an appropriate application tomorrow before the Bench for keeping the ship out of Indian water.

The ship, which has left Port Klang of Malaysia and is likely to arrive in India within 15 days, is said contain 1,250 tonnes of asbestos, twice the quantity that was in Clemenceau, he said. The ship was earlier sent to Bangladesh for breaking but was refused entry.

The Bench, which was yesterday hearing an application for extension of the Committee's tenure by three months, had said that it was aware of the media report on "Blue Lady" and had asked the NGO to file an application after gathering relevant information on the ocean liner.

During the Clemenceau controversy, the court had ordered apprisal of the infrastructure capability of the Alang ship-breaking yard fro safe scrapping of ships.

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