Australian bulker M/V Portland scrap controversy

Australian bulker 36,000 DWT M/V Portland (built 1988) involved in an acrimonious crewing row be- tween unions, employers and the government is sailing into a fresh controversy over where it should be demolished. Environmental recycling lobby group NGO Shipbreaking Platform says that as Australia is a signatory to the Basel Convention on Transboundry Movement of Hazardous Waste and that since it is an Australian- flag ship operating in the Australian cabotage trades it should be demolished in line with the convention. Under Basel Convention‘s ban amendment, the owner, Alcoa Australia, is obliged to dispose of the bulker at another OECD member country and none of the mainstream shiprecycling nations (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan) with the exception of Turkey, are members of the OECD.

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