Consultant behind Maersk report: It may be too costly to improve Alang

There will always be a major risk related to shipbreaking on beaches such as Alang. Furthermore, solving these problems would be so expensive that efforts should perhaps be placed elsewhere, says one of the consultants behind a report on shipbreaking, commissioned by Maersk last year.

It would be so costly to improve conditions in Alang, that the feasibility of increasing standards sufficiently at the criticized Indian shipbreaking yards is doubtful.

Meanwhile, there is an inherent risk of polluting the environment when recycling a vessel on the beach, as ship parts are in contact with the water, says Frank Stuer-Lauridsen, CEO of consultant firm Litehauz.

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