Banned ship makes its way to Indian Coast to dispose toxics

New Delhi, Jun 1:  A ship named Probo Koala, loaded with toxics which was banned from entering Bangladesh's marine boundaries is now seen making its way towards Indian shores to dispose off the toxic materials, said a report on Wednesday, Jun 1.

'NGO shipbreaking Platform', a global group of activists expressed concern over the ship's entry into Indian coast citing it to be a threat to the environment.

The ship now named Gulf Jash and a 1989 built oil carrier cargo vessel had earlier landed in controversy in Europe and Africa when it tried to offload its toxic materials illegally.

After moving to Nigeria, the company found a dealer in Ivory coast who agreed to dump chemicals in Abidjan, where tonnes of toxic chemicals were disposed into the water which led to the death of 16 people, leaving thousands ill.

Environmentalists claim that the ship is loaded with hazardous toxic paints, asbestos, fuel, chemical residues and PCBs.

The ship - Probo Koala has been registered in Panama. GMS group was the last confirmed owner of the ship.

OneIndia News

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