Several European scrapping cases could break out

While reefer specialist Seatrade faces complaints about scrapping and illegal exports of dangerous waste, authorities in five European companies are investigating similar cases.

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Carrier Seatrade, primarily based in Belgium and the Netherlands, is facing backlash after having sold vessels to notorious scrapping yards in Alang, India, and Bangladesh, which use the beaching method.

The prosecutor's office in Rotterdam is pushing for three senior executives to receive six-month jail sentences, and to issue the carrier with a EUR 2.25 million fine for vessel scrapping that took place back in in 2012. The carrier is considered the largest specialized operator within reefer freight.

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