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Maersk to send more ships to Alang for recycling

India – Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, will send more end-of-life vessels to India’s shipbreaking yards at Alang for recycling. ‘Our objective is to recycle our vessels in the most responsible way and at the same time at a competitive price,’ Maersk Group’s head of sustainability Annette Stube has told the Indian media.

The company, which operates a fleet of more than 600 large container vessels, has been recycling its ships in China and Turkey but has decided to look at India as an alternative destination, partly for financial reasons. It has already sent two vessels – Maersk Wyoming and Maersk Georgia – to the Shree Ram Vessel Scrap yard at Alang for dismantling following an ‘extensive audit’ of its facilities.

Maersk expects ‘many more’ ships to be dispatched to Alang over the next five years as the company will need to recycle ‘more vessels than before’. ‘We are coming to India as it gives us an opportunity to push development in the local ship recycling industry,’ stressed Stube. ‘We have seen development in India where four yards have started operating at far superior levels.’

The company is working with local shipbreakers as well as the Gujarat Maritime Board to drive improvements at Asia’s largest shipbreaking hub. Maersk is helping local shipbreakers to achieve ‘high standards’ in line with the International Maritime Organization and Hong Kong Convention which set occupational health and safety standards for workers.

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