Dhaka - The High Court of Bangladesh has halted the breaking of the floating oil production and storage tanker, “North Sea Producer”, following discovery of radioactive substances aboard the vessel. The radioactive substances accumulated over the years of processing crude oil were found in inside pipes, with radioactive level above permissible, Danish TV2 reported: “Following a petition filed by our member Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), the courts have maintained the halt in breaking the ship,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform confirmed to World Maritime News.
As explained, a division bench of the Bangladesh High Court has directed the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA), and the Marine Port Initiative (MPI) of the Customs to produce their reports on radioactive contamination of the FPSO before the court within 10 weeks.
At the same time, UK environmental authorities DEFRA are said to be investigating the circumstances surrounding the export of the hazardous waste laden North Sea Producer from the Tees river in the UK to Bangladesh.(READ MORE)