Feb. 23 -- The Basel Action Network (BAN) has criticized Exxon Mobil and its subsidiary SeaRiver Maritime for selling a tanker to a Chinese ship-breaking and recycling company.
The group previously praised the company in 2011, when it had a former tanker recycled in Texas.
Colby Self, Green Ship Recycling campaign director for BAN, urged the company to reaffirm its commitment to send its obsolete fleet to safe and environmentally responsible ship recycling companies in developed countries, preferably in the United States.
"Here in the U.S., we have safe, effective, affordable recycling facilities that deserve the work," Self said in a statement.
SeaRiver Maritime shares BAN´s concerns about vessel recovery, said Ray Botto, external affairs manager for SeaRiver, in a statement.
"We also evaluate the safety and environmental standards and practices followed by recycling facilities," he said. "We are committed to the safe and environmentally responsible recycling of vessels."
The sale of the vessel was done in accordance to U.S. requirements and industry standards, he said.
Contact Waste & Recycling News reporter Jeremy Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-446-6780.
Source: Waste Recycling News. 23 February 2012