Exxon Valdez could change Indian shipbreaking industry

Exxon Valdez, the famous disaster ship that has gone through many different names, is now at the center of a case that could have major consequences for Indian shipbreaking, writes Lloyd’s List.

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It has been more than twenty years since the Exxon Valdez made headlines in 1989, when the ship ran aground off the coast of Alaska, causing the second biggest oil spill in American history. But the ship, which has been through six name changes and is now called Oriental Nicety, could now end up being very important for shipbreaking in India, writes Lloyd’s List.

On Friday, the Supreme Court in India ruled in favor of a plaintiff seeking to block the arrival of Oriental Nicety into Indian waters until its owners cleaned all the hazardous substances from the ship, which has been sailing since 1986 and is now headed for scrapping. If the Supreme Court ruling is upheld at an appeal on July 19th, all ships headed for scrapping in Alang in the state of Gujarat will have to take similar action.

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