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Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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>>Thing is, I wonder what happens to the ship now?<<

Scrap steel and razor blades probably. The people in Alang don't care an awful lot about what a U.S. court decides.

>>Did the Independence ever make it to the breakers?<<

Good question. Had she turned up at Alang, I would think that Martin Cox or one of his sources there would have noticed, and you would have seen something posted on Maritime Matters or Midship Century. The yards in Pakistan don't look to be as well covered and if she went to a Chinese breaker, the ship would have vanished down that rathole without anybody being told.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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>>She also could have landed in Bangladesh without being noticed.<<

True. Plenty of places out there where nobody notices, cares, or asks too many questions.
 
Michael H. Standart

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From DNAIndia:

Toxic US ship with dubious distinction sneaks into Alang
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Bhavnagar: The Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) has sought a detailed report from the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) about an American ship allegedly carrying hazardous toxic waste including radioactive substances, which touched Alang without intimating authorities.
More at http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_toxic-us-ship-with-dubious-distinction-sneaks-into-alang_1298731

Comment: Guess what ship this is????
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Michael H. Standart

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From The Hindu:

Gujarat to wait for Centre’s nod on ship dismantling
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GANDHINAGAR: Even as the controversial “Platinum II” ship continued to remain anchored in the high seas waiting for permission to beach at Alang off the Saurashtra coast in Gujarat for dismantling, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board has claimed that there was nothing much “hazardous” in the ship that was beyond the control of the ship-breaking yard.
More at http://www.hindu.com/2009/10/16/stories/2009101657651400.htm

And from The Indian Express:

Rescue on to save liner, tug on course to Alang

Story at http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rescue-on-to-save-liner-tug-on-course-to-alang/529219/
 
Michael H. Standart

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From The Indian Express:

Three-member team set up to investigate ‘radioactive’ ship
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The Government of India on Friday constituted a three-member team to probe reports that a US ship, which is alleged to be radioactive and contaminated, has anchored near the ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat.
More at http://www.indianexpress.com/news/threemember-team-set-up-to-investigate-radioactive-ship/530071/

Comment: A small but nice photo appears of the ship in her present condition in this story.​
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From The Statesman:

‘Contaminated’ ship cannot be dismantled in India: Cong
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NEW DELHI, 19 OCT: As a Central team today began investigations into allegations that a US ship allegedly carrying hazardous, toxic and radioactive materials, anchored currently near Alang coast in Gujarat, is bound for dismantling at the Alang shipbreaking yard, the Congress made it clear that if the allegations are true the ship will be sent back.
More at http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=2&theme=&usrsess=1&id=272270

Comment: Stay tuned for further developments.​
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

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From Newstrack India:

Central team completes inspection of toxic ship Platinum II
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Alang, Oct 21 (ANI): A three-member investigation team has completed inspection of the US ship Platinum II for toxic materials.

The team led by SA Das, industrial advisor to steel Ministry, is set to submit its report to the Ministry of Environment and forests on October 23.
More at http://newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/129302
 
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