NGO Shipbreaking Platform: Maersk Is Perpetuating a Double Standard

first_imgUpgrading beaching yards in Alang, India is the wrong approach to solving the issue of substandard shipbreaking activities, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger, responding to Maersk Line’s plans to send two of its containerships to the country’s Shree Ram yard for recycling in late May 2016.“While the Platform welcomes that the Maersk Group intends to promote responsible ship recycling, we believe that upgrading beaching yards is the wrong approach. Breaking ships on a tidal beach is a substandard method that has to be phased out,” Heidegger told World Maritime News.Heidegger added that the primary cutting of the vessels takes place “on a beach, that is, in an unprotected marine environment. The yard uses the gravity method and cut blocks crash onto the beach: this leads to the release of large amounts of debris including toxic paint chips. Moreover, the method poses unnecessary risk to the workers. A beaching yard would never be authorised in Europe or other major shipping nations such as Japan.”“We believe that the world’s leading ship owner should team up with other key stakeholders, such as other shipping companies from Europe and Japan, and invest in modern ship recycling facilities off the beach that would also be able to qualify for the European list of approved yards,” she said.The Danish shipping giant earlier announced its long-term commitment to create “more responsible” recycling options in Alang, India, as well as help the ship recycling yard to upgrade facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards as the group eyes cost reductions for its ship recycling.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Red Star atmosphere will be fantastic, says Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he expects the home Red Star Belgrade fans to generate a fervent atmosphere when the two teams clash on Wednesday in a potentially explosive Champions League fixture.Red Star’s Rajko Mitic stadium is renowned for it noise and electric atmosphere on European nights, as Champions League holders Liverpool found out in a 2-0 group-stage defeat in the Serbian capital last season.The encounter could also prove pivotal for qualification with one point separating Spurs and Red Star in Group B.“I heard many things about this stadium and it’s going to be fantastic to be here tomorrow,” Tottenham’s Argentine boss Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday.“We respect Red Star a lot but at the same time we need to play in the best way and be ready to fight because it’s a new stadium to play in.”Spurs captain Harry Kane said he hoped there would be no repeat of the racist abuse England players suffered in Sofia during last month’s Euro 2020 qualifier.The match in the Bulgarian capital, which England went on to win 6-0, was twice stopped under a three-step UEFA protocol after England’s black players were abused.“Hopefully it doesn’t happen and we play a football match tomorrow,” he said. “It will be a tough football match and we focus on that. If it does happen there is a UEFA protocol in place like there was in Sofia.”Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic ruled out any possibility of the Serbian club’s fans causing trouble.“I hope Spurs fans turn up in numbers because they will be completely safe here,” he said.“We have quite a few players coming from different continents and backgrounds so racism has no place here. We will show our hospitality tomorrow.”Speaking about Red Star’s chances of avenging a 5-0 defeat by Spurs in the reverse fixture, Milojevic said:“This is not PlayStation, it’s real life. Taking the game to a team like Spurs is easier said than done, but we will do everything humanly possible to play our best football and get a result.”Spurs are second in the group on four points from three games, one ahead of Red Star and five behind leaders Bayern Munich who thrashed them 7-2 in North London last month. Bottom team Olympiakos have no points.After a rocky start to the season in the Premier League, Pochettino acknowledged beating Red Star would be vital for morale.“The most important thing is to be in the next stage of the Champions League, but a win would also be massive for our confidence,” he said.last_img read more

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