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Documents of all ships coming into India merit CBI investigation. Alang appears to have become a foreign territory where no rule of Indian laws apply.
Dubious Ship MT Traveller in Alang
Earlier MT Traveller arrived at Alang anchorage at 15.30 on 30th April. Immediately Caption informed Bhavnagar Radio for leakage in the ship, and water started coming inside. GMB had sent TUG Rose for assisting her.
GMB, Custom accepted the SOS message and allowed her to beach in plot no.24 Alang Auto Engineering Company on 1st May at 06.00 AM.
When MT Traveller had left last port Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on which ground she got sea worthy and port worthy certificate?
Why Traveller only informed Bhavnagar/Alang GMB after arriving in Bhavnagar that it has developed leakage as soon as it arrived
Why Caption ignored to inform any port about the leakage of ship between Fujairah and Alang?
GPCB had been not informed about beaching. If such types of vessels could touch Indian waters without Boarding formalities, checking anti social elements could land their ammunition etc. As they had landed at Gosabaara.
After the great issue of Platinium-II ship breakers/shipowners have adopted the method of controversial ship get in plot after declaring she is in danger. This is indeed wrong practice.
Many more points are there. GPCB's deafening silence is glaring.
Parliamentary Question on Scrap at Major Ports
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 6111
TO BE ANSWERED ON 3RD MAY, 2010
SCRAP AT MAJOR PORTS
6111. SHRI AHIR VIKRAMBHAI ARJANBHAI MAADAM:
Will the Minister of SHIPPING be pleased to state:
(a) whether large quantities of scrap are lying at major ports;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor, port-wise;
(c) whether due to this scrap the work of ports is being hampered; and
(d) if so, the details thereof alongwith the steps taken by the Government to
address the situation?
MINISTER OF SHIPPING
(SHRI G.K. VASAN)
(a) & (b): Port-wise details of scrap lying at Major Ports is enclosed at Annexure-A.
(c): No, Madam.
(d): Does not arise.
Name of Port Scrap lying at Ports
Kolkata At HDC approximately 165 MTS of scrap in seven load containers is
lying undelivered, the details of which are as under :
Date of Landing Remarks
13.2.2006 Detained by Customs on
25.4.2010 Recently landed. Awaiting
Chennai Only 36.349 Tonnes of scrap is lying. The same is also being moved
out gradually through trucks by road.
Around 150 containers carrying heavy metal scrap destined for
Ludhiana are lying at the Port.
Mumbai Only 455.68 MTS of scrap is lying in one of the container Freight
stations away from the docks.
Details is as under:
‐ 376.23 MTS of Scrap ( 355.62 MTS in open area and 20.61 in
one container) is lying since December,2004 and is under
customs action as the scrap was found with arms &
ammunition and unserviceable shells.
‐ 20.57 MTS of scrap in one container lying since 2005 and is
under customs action.
‐ 58.88 MTS of scrap in three containers lying since April 2004
and is at customs action.
Cochin 16221 MTS of shredded scrap, an import cargo, is lying at the cargo
storage area inside Ernakulam wharf and will be taken delivery by
the consignee in due course. Cochin Port’s average annual import of
shredded scrap during the past three years has been less than one lakh
tonnes. Cargo is fully taken delivery by the importer within a period
of about 2 months from landing.
Kandla At Kandla Port 49726 MTS of H.M.S./S.S. scrap is lying inside the
port in rented plot out of which about 1890 MTS is disputed and the
remaining is under delivery to the concerned.