03 November 2011

Upset over disposal of old Newfoundland ferries:

When Marine Atlantic sold The Joseph and Clara Smallwood and The Caribou were sold to two separate companies some years ago, a condition of the sales included a commitment that if a buyer decide to recycle the vessels, it would be done at a yard with green recycling facilities.

It is being revealed that both boats are now in Alang, India, at one of most infamous shipbreaking facilities in the world.

According the United Nations Human Rights Council, 209 workers were killed in accidents in Alang between 1996 and 2003.

A shipbreakers watchdog group in New Delhi, India, told CBC News Tuesday that at least 27 workers have been killed this year in Alang.

Source: TheIndependent.ca. 2 November 2011

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