Alang–Sosiya located on the Western Coast of Gulf of Cambay, is the largest ship recycling yard in the world. Every year on average 365 ships having a mean weight (2.10 × 106 ± 7.82 × 105 LDT) are scrapped. This industry generates a huge quantity of solid waste in the form of broken wood, rubber, insulation materials, paper, metals, glass and ceramics, plastics, leather, textiles, food waste, chemicals, paints, thermocol, sponge, ash, oil mixed sponges, miscellaneous combustible and non-combustible. The quantity and composition of solid waste was collected for a period of three months and the average values are presented in this work. Sosiya had the most waste 15.63 kg/m2 compared to Alang 10.19 kg/m2. The combustible solid waste quantity was around 83.0% of the total solid waste available at the yard, which represents an average weight of 9.807 kg/m2; whereas, non-combustible waste is 1.933 kg/m2. There is not much difference between the average of total solid waste calculated from the sampling data (96.71 MT/day) and the data provided by the port authorities (96.8 MT/day).
Alang–Sosiya; Ship scrapping yard; Solid waste; Oiled sponge; Textile waste; Wood pieces
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3. Materials and methods
4. Results and discussion
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5. Conclusion and recommendations
Journal Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Volume 46, Issue 12, December 2003, Pages 1609-1614
M. Srinivasa Reddy, Shaik Basha, , V. G. Sravan Kumar, H. V. Joshi and P. K. Ghosh
Marine Algae & Marine Environment Department, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute,
Bhavnagar 364002, India
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Source: Science Direct.