Indian media fails in Blue Lady Case

SC marks Environment Day; Allows import of asbestos-laden ship

In an ironical commemoration of the World Environment Day, the Indian Supreme Court on 5th June went against its own 1997 order and subsequent order of 14th October 2003 prohibiting import of hazardous wastes by permitting SS Blue Lady, a ship containing 1240 MT of toxic asbestos, to enter Indian waters.

Indian media failed to take note of the fact that the the court allowed anchoring of the ship on humanitarian grounds and not on legal grounds. The fact is that there is no legal ground for it to be allowed because its a case of illegal traffic of a toxic ship.

The ship under tow left Malaysia on May 5, 2005, after having fraudulently declared to port authorities there that it was destined for repairs in Dubai. The ship has made several attempts to reach scrap yards, including an aborted attempt late last year when the Bangladesh Government prohibited the toxic ship from entering the country on health and environmental grounds.

The ship does not have the mandatory Form 7 documents from country of export required for hazardous waste shipments. Neither does it have a complete inventory of toxic wastes, although the ship-breaker admits that the ship contains both asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls, a neurotoxin.

The ship has been allowed to anchor in the India territorial waters on the basis of an interim report submitted by a Technical Committee chaired by Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Ministry of Environment and Forests. Ironically, the technical committee consists of members from government agencies with known bias towards the ship-breaking industry and ex-naval officers. It has no representations from the public interest groups. The bias of the committee is evident from the fact that the interim report of the committee consults only the ship-breaker who has bought SS Blue Lady.

SS Blue Lady was lying in anchor in Malaysia since August 2005, but set sail declaredly for Dubai just as the monsoon was imminent. Rather than go to Dubai, they anchored out in the high seas to force the Indian authorities to allow the ship to come in on humanitarian grounds professedly to avoid the dangers of monsoon rough seas.

In 2005, Indian government with support from the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, in flagrant violation of both Basel Convention and Supreme Court's October 2003 order, allowed beaching and dismantling of a Danish ship Riky despite repeated diplomatic recall requests from Denmark . In 2005-06, French aircraft carrier le Clemenceau was being allowed to enter Indian waters laden with toxic substances, till the French government recalled the ship from the high seas under intense public pressure and legal actions in the French courts.

India being a signatory to the Basel Convention has repeatedly failed to fulfill its Basel obligations. Infact, it has refused to acknowledge a ship laden with toxic substances in its structure and destined for dismantling to be a hazardous waste, as enshrined in the Decision VII/26 in Conference Of Parties-7 of Basel Convention in October 2004.

Issued by:

NGO PLATFORM ON SHIPBREAKING

Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI); 9818089660 ( Delhi)

Greenpeace India; 09845535414 ( Bangalore)

Corporate Accountability Desk; 9968015475 (Delhi)

Comments

Gopal Krishna said…
Like public, media also seems to have short memory, it forgot draw any parallel with the way Danish ship, RIKY was allowed and scrapped illegally.
Gopal Krishna said…
Like public, media also seems to have short memory, it forgot to draw any parallel with the way Danish ship, RIKY was allowed and scrapped illegally.
rubaru said…
Blue Lady in News Globally

Some hundred news agencies, radio, websites and news channels have covered the news about Blue Lady, an obsolete ship which is now a hazardous waste.

The fact that the toxic ship, Blue Lady was allowed anchoring in Indian territorial waters on World Environment Day, 5th June 2006 has a clear message from the government of india and especially the environment minister, the environment secretary and the supreme court judges on the vacation bench, Justice Arijit Pasayat and C K Thakker. Need one state the obvious as to what is the message.

1) India lets 'toxic' vessel anchor
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5048140.stm

2) Interview on Blue Lady
//www.radioaustralia.net.au/asiapac/

3) Toxic’ Blue Lady allowed in Indian waters
Mumbai Mirror, India - 5 Jun 2006
... The Blue Lady was due to reach India by May 24 to be broken ... Gopal Krishna, an environmental activist representing the Indian arm of Ban Asbestos Network, said ...

4) India allows asbestos-laden ship's entry
United Press International - 6 Jun 2006
... declaring to port authorities that it was destined to Dubai for repairs," said Gopal Krishna of the Ban Asbestos Network. He said the SS Blue Lady had made ...

5) India's high court allows entry of toxic ship
World Peace Herald, DC - 6 Jun 2006
... declaring to port authorities that it was destined to Dubai for repairs," said Gopal Krishna of the Ban Asbestos Network. He said the SS Blue Lady had made ...

6) Gujarat may not welcome the Blue Lady
CNN-IBN, India - 23 May 2006
New Delhi: Cruise liner SS Norway, now called the Blue Lady, is on its way ... Says petitioner Gopal Krishna, "There is no decontamination and no inventory of the ...

7) 'Blue Lady': SC notice to Centre
Times of India, India - 12 May 2006
... Markanday Katju issued notices to the Centre and Gujarat Maritime Board seeking their response on an application by environmentalist Gopal Krishna seeking a ...

8) India orders 'toxic ship' probe
BBC News, UK - 12 May 2006
Environmentalists say the Blue Lady, which is due to be dismantled in India, is ... "At least until July the ship cannot enter Indian waters," said Gopal Krishna. ...

9) India orders 'toxic ship' probe
Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey - 13 May 2006
Environmentalists say the Blue Lady, which is due to be dismantled in India, is ... "At least until July the ship cannot enter Indian waters," said Gopal Krishna. ...

10) SC notice to Centre on Norwegian ship
Zee News, India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take ...

11) Supreme Court notice to Centre on Norwegian ship
Hindustan Times, India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by Environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take ...

12) SC notice to Centre on Norwegian ship
Outlook (subscription), India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by Environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take ...

13) SC notice to Centre on Norwegian ship
Sify, India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by Environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take ...

14) SC notice to Centre on asbestos ship
Chennai Online, India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as 'Blue Lady', could take ...

15) SC notice to Centre on Norwegian ship
Zee News, India - 12 May 2006
... acted on an application moved by environmental activist Gopal Krishna alleging that ... the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take ...

16) GPCB bars SS Norway from entering Indian waters
Times of India, India - 14 May 2006
... Popularly known as "Blue Lady", SS Norway, had recently come under the apex court's radar, following an application moved by environmentalist Gopal Krishna. ...

17) Toxic ship's entry into India barred
Times of India, India - 14 May 2006
... Popularly known as 'Blue Lady', SS Norway, had recently come under the apex court's radar, following an application moved by environmentalist Gopal Krishna. ... SC notice to Centre on asbestos ship

18) Toxic ship Clemenceau reaches France
OneWorld.net, UK - 18 May 2006
... Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has prevented the SS Norway from entering ... undesirable room for discretion and manipulation," said Gopal Krishna of Ban ...


19) The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - NationNGOs, fighting against the entry of the Norwegian ship “Blue Lady” into the Indian ... Network of India (BANI) activist Gopal Krishna told The Tribune. ...
www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060606/nation.htm

20) The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - NationRFSTNRP in its application said the Blue Lady, earlier named as SS Norway, ... Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi, for the formation of the new government. ...
www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060513/nation.htm - 51k -

21) India court allows "toxic" ship into territorial waters - Yahoo! NewsThe court last month ordered the 11-storey vessel, the Blue Lady, ... Gopal Krishna, an environmental activist representing the Indian arm of Ban Asbestos ...
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22) India court allows "toxic" ship into territorial waters - Yahoo! News Gopal Krishna, an environmental activist representing the Indian arm of Ban ... India's Supreme Court gave permission for Blue Lady ship believed laden with ...
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23) SS France, Norway, Blue Lady"Blue Lady", or SS Norway, had recently come under the apex court's radar, following an application moved by environmentalist Gopal Krishna. ...
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24) Basel Action Network (BAN)'Blue Lady': SC notice to Centre by The Times of India (India) ... an application by environmentalist Gopal Krishna seeking a direction to the authorities ...
www.ban.org/ban_news/2006/060513_blue_lady.html - 13k - Cached - Similar pages

25) TIMES NOW.tv - News & VideosMr Gopal Krishna, one of the environmental activists who petitioned the SC opposing the dismantling of the Blue Lady in India said, "The ship which left ...
www.timesnow.tv/articleshow/1615809.cms - 32k - 6 Jun 2006 -

26) World Peace Herald... destined to Dubai for repairs," said Gopal Krishna of the Ban Asbestos Network. He said the SS Blue Lady had made several attempts to reach scrap yards, ...
www.wpherald.com/storyview. php?StoryID=20060606-010111-2940r - 19k - 6 Jun 2006 -

27) The Peninsula On-line: Qatar's leading English DailyThe Blue Lady was due to reach India by May 24 to be broken up for scrap at ... Gopal Krishna, an environmental activist representing the Indian arm of Ban ...
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28) Welcome to www.kuwait-info.comIndia`s Supreme Court gave permission for Blue Lady ship believed laden with ... Gopal Krishna, an environmental activist representing the Indian arm of Ban ...
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29) Basel Action Network (BAN)... has temporarily denied entry of the toxic cruise liner SS Norway (aka SS Blue Lady, ... Gopal Krishna (Ban Asbestos Network India): +91 98 180 896 60 ...
www.ban.org/ban_news/2006/060512_ss_norway_denied.html -

30) South Asian Media Net“SS Blue Lady was lying in anchor in Malaysia since August 2005, ... grounds professedly to avoid the dangers of monsoon rough seas,” Krishna said. ...
www.southasianmedia.net/cnn.cfm?id=299691& category=Environment&Country=INDIA -

31) Radio Australia - Asia Pacific - HomeThe European vessel "The Blue Lady" began its journey in Malaysia, travelled to Dubai and was ... Speakers: Gopal Krishna, India's Ban Asbestos Network ...
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32) outlookindia.com | wired Parikh and Krishna claimed that the ship contained 1250 tonnes of asbestos, ... 14-May-2006. Blue Lady will not be allowed to enter Indian waters: GPCB ...
www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=384340

33) InfoChange India News & Features development news on Environment ...At present, the Blue Lady is anchored 120 km away from Indian territorial waters ... Gopal Krishna of the Ban Asbestos Network of India chronicles how Riky, ...
infochangeindia.org/EnvironmentItop.jsp?section_idv=6 - 302k - 6 Jun 2006

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36) SC notice to Centre on Norwegian ship : HindustanTimes.comThe Court said the Centre while determining the toxic contents in the ship, popularly known as "Blue Lady", could take the assistance of Central Pollution ...
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37) [ Toxic cruise ship SS Norway denied entry by India after activist ...... temporarily denied entry of the toxic cruise liner SS Norway (aka SS Blue Lady, ... workers and communities in the world,” said Gopal Krishna of BANI. ...
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38)Law and Our Rights... has temporarily denied entry of the toxic cruise liner SS Norway (SS Blue Lady, ... workers and communities in the world,” said Gopal Krishna of BANI. ...
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39)OH & SAnother asbestos-lined ship (the Blue Lady, originally named the SS France, ... Acting on an application moved by Environmental activist Gopal Krishna ...
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42) JTW News - India orders 'toxic ship' probeEnvironmentalists say the Blue Lady, which is due to be dismantled in ... "At least until July the ship cannot enter Indian waters," said Gopal Krishna. ...
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44) The Indus Telegraph || Another 'toxic' ship on the way to IndiaBy gopalkrishna, Posted on Wed May 10th, 2006 at 11:03:17 PM EST ... The Blue Lady was originally named the SS France, and later the SS Norway. ...
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45) Green Media :Daily Updates on Environmental Reporting in NewspapersIssuing a notice on an application filed by environmentalist Gopal Krishna, ... The 'Blue Lady' owned by Regent Shipping has a total weight of 46000 tonnes ...
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