The internationally renowned ship breaking yard in Gujarat coast Alang
and all the ports in the region have been put on High Alert following the
possible movement of a ship carrying hazardous waste to the area in the next
few days after it was turned down entry into a Bangladesh port a month ago.
authorities in Gujarat are on the lookout for a floating storage and offloading
tanker, Jesslyn Natuna, which is said to contain hazardous waste and is headed
for the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat for being dismantled
officials also said they have been alerted about this ship four months ago and
have been maintaining a strict vigil.
Gujarat police have sent us a letter asking us to circulate among our members
not to buy this ship. It does not seem like anyone has bought this vessel,”a spokesman of Ship Recycling Industries Association.
vessel renamed as “J Nat” “contains 1,500 tonnes of hazardous materials”
Link, an Indian environmental and research advocacy organisation, sent an email
stating that the vessel renamed as “J Nat” “contains 1,500 tonnes of hazardous
materials” such as residue oils, PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), mercury and
asbestos is on the move along the west coast of the country.
enforcement agencies of the central government and the Coast Guard have also
been inquiring about this vessel. No such vessel has come to Alang or is scheduled
to arrive in the next few days. There are no firm reports and no ship-breaker
has declared about it, according to sources in the Gujarat Maritime board which
owns most of the private ports in the Gujarat coast. They have in fact been
alerted about this ship four months ago and have been maintaining a strict
vigil since then.
The ship operated in the Natuna gas field
and owned by Indonesian company
from the NGO states that the ship was operated in the Natuna gas field and was
owned by Indonesian company. It was sold to the current owner SOMAP
International Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based company, which has renamed the vessel
as “J Nat”. It also stated that the GMB was alerted in May 2020 about the
possible arrival of the ship at Alang, after Bangladesh halted its import.