Norwegian ships end up on Asian shores

In the last four years, 37 Norwegian carriers have had 107 ships scrapped in Southeast Asia, a survey shows. Odfjell is the busiest carrier in this regard.

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The Greek might be prone to sending vessels to shores in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh for scrapping, but Norwegian carriers are also sending a large number of vessels to the sternly criticized and, not least, highly dangerous scrapping industry in Southeast Asia. That’s the conclusion of a new survey conducted by international, Oslo-based NGO organization, Bellona, and the association of several environmentalists in Shipbreaking Platform, who has for several years been putting the regions’ scrapping industry and the huge consequences it has for workers and the environment on the agenda.

In the last four and a half years, 107 retirement-ready, Norwegian-controlled vessels have been sent to the shores for scrapping, according to Dagens Næringsliv. The list of scrapping-eager carriers feature prominent names like Odfjell, who tops the list, followed by Salhus Shipping, Star Reefers, Green Reefers, Camilllo Eitzen & Co., and Champion Tankers. And Knutsen OAS Shipping/Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers, Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi, and Frontline are also featured, the Norwegian newspaper writes.

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