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GMS urges shipping industry to rethink Alang

The world's largest cash buyer of end-of-life vessels, GMS, calls for the shipping industry to support the progress taking on, in particular, the scrapping beaches in Alang and the rest of Southeast Asia. "Naming and shaming," undermines improvements, notes the company.

GMS - which purchases end-of-life and vintage vessels and sells them as scrap to shipbreaking facilities at, among other places, the controversial beaches in Alang - is now calling for shipowners and other shipping stakeholders to focus their attention on the shipbreaking facilities which are taking steps toward improving their practices rather than criticizing conditions at the much-maligned beaching facilities.

"Proposed bans and naming and shaming undermine progress made on beaching," notes GSM in a statement on Wednesday.

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