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First Maersk vessel arrives at the beach in Alang

Maersk Wyoming arrived Tuesday to India's infamous Alang beach where it will be scrapped at the Shree-ram yard. The vessel is the first of two sent to be scrapped in India in a move which marks a break from the carrier's former scrapping principles. See the image of the vessel's arrival below.

Photo: PR-foto/Maersk Group

The first Maersk Line vessel has now arrived on the shores of Alang, where it will be scrapped in the Shree-ram yard.

The carrier announced two weeks ago that it would send two vessels, Maersk Wyoming and Maersk Georgia, to be recycled in India.

On Tuesday, container ship Maersk Wyoming arrived to the beach where it will likely be scrapped next week, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.

The Maersk Group's decision to send two vessels for scrapping in Alang has provoked an uproar, because the carrier has previously refused to use the Indian scrapping facilities, due to the yards' notoriously poor conditions concerning workers and the environment.

Over the past few years, several yards have, however, undertaken active attempts to improve themselves and a little over a handful now live up to the international Hong Kong convention from the IMO, says the group. This also applies to the Shree-ram yard, where Maersk Wyoming will end its days.

Maersk Wyoming was built in 1996 and sails under Hong Kong flag. The ship has a capacity of 4,658 teu, informs Maersk Line on its website.

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