Attorneys of the Bangladeshi Shipbreakers Association, which is engaged in a $1.5 billion ship recycling trade, are scheduled to be at the hearing to ensure the original decision is upheld.
On March 7, the high court permitted import of hazardous ships and their scrapping for two months on several conditions, saying that no ships can be scrapped without cleaning toxic gas, and asbestos and toxic materials must be removed by experts before the ships are dismantled.
The high court relaxed the ban after leaders of the world’s largest shipbreaking industry guaranteed it would adopt strict strictly rules to protect workers, such as an age limit of at least 18, training and proper safety gear, and cleansing of toxic material from ships prior to arrival.
It ordered the Department of Environment (DOE) to form a 3-member committee to monitor whether the importers and shipbreakers are complying with the given conditions.
Source: Asbestos Course. Saleem Samad (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thursday, 28 July 2011