NCL/Star Cruise line has sold the famed and loved S/S Norway for scrap, without removing 2.5 million pounds of asbestos, PCB's, Nuerotoxins, Cloro Floro Carbon's, Fuel, oil, radio active materials, Heavy metals, and other deadly chemicals that kill the workers of the ship yard. Built in France in 1961, The ship is to be dismantled by hand with blowtorches in Alang, India, where daily worker deaths are commonplace. The breakup of the ship in India is illegal under the terms of the UN Basel treaty, and the European Waste Shipment Regulations, which call for a ship departing Europe to be scrapped in India must first be fully decontaminated in Europe. The Indian shipyard operators claim they do have the trained personnel and equipment to properly dispose of the asbestos and other chemicals. Environmental organizations denounce that claim as false, noting that Alang's shipyard facilities and toxic waste disposal methods could not possible compare to those found in European shipyards.
NCL/NCL America/Orient Line and Star Cruises handled the Norway in a worst possible way, as the documents we have been provided prove. Many decisions were made by Colin Veitch CEO of NCL and his bosses at Star Cruises, which tragically led her to Alang. After the tragic boiler explosion on May, 25, 2003, NCL/Star decided to relocate SS Norway to Bremerhaven to have her repaired, and as claimed by Colin Veitch, that she would return to Miami and recommence cruise duties. But, how convenient it was that she was in Bremerhaven at a perfect time to become an accommodation ship for the workers on the troubled NCL America Pride of America that had sunk during construction! It should be noted, that as soon as the Pride of America departed, so did SS Norway and she heading for Malaysia for the reason (according Star Cruises) that she would be used in some way in Singapore or Malaysia. Obviously this did not occur for in no time at all, as Rajesh Shah of Kumar Steel at Alang told me at the time, Star Cruises invited Bangladeshi and Indian breakers onboard inspections. Thus, NCL/Star on three separate occasions, as we have been told in these documents, have “misled” various Maritime Safety Authorities, including the American Authority, the European Maritime Authority, whilst at the same time they were “violating Article 16 of the European Union Waste Shipment Regulation, Article 6 of the Basel Convention, and the Basel Ban Amendment.” When she departed Port Klang, Star Cruises even “misled” their own authority, being the Malaysian “Safety Navigation Division” and the “Peninsular Malaysian Marine Department. On December 28 2005, SS Norway had been sold to a Bangladeshi breaker and she departed Port Klang on January 6 heading under tow to Chittagong. However, the ship was returned to Star Cruises and placed at anchor just outside Port Klang by the breakers. This was due to a massive outcry by Greenpeace and a host of other organizations in relation to the safety of the workers at the breakers yard in Bangladesh, as the ship was carrying masses of asbestos and other toxic waste, which could not be safely removed under the working conditions these yards were able to provide. The Bangladeshi Authorities were wise and returned the ship to Star Cruises. Then, SS Blue Lady departed Port Klang again on May 5, 2006, with Star Cruises having told the Malaysian “Safety Navigation Division & Peninsular Malaysian Marine Department” that she was going to Dubai to be repaired, whilst in fact she had already been sold to Bridgend Shipping/Haryana ship breakers. Thus, Star Cruises, “misled the Maritime Authorities on three separate occasions”, and they attempted to “bypass the system. What NCL has done is illegal and Immoral. Ask your selves to do really want to sail on a cruise line that sentenced many to death? Want to help save
the Indian workers email these people.
President of India, the Hon. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - http://presidentofindia.nic.in/scrip...opresident.jsp
Indian Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Manmohan Singh - http://pmindia.nic.in/write.htm
The Minister of health - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Environments & Forests - email@example.com
Director of Human Rights in India - firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenpeace India - email@example.com
Mr. R. K. Pachauri, Chairman of the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” – IPCC-Sec@wmo.int
Please send an email of support (and funds if possible) to our good friend in India, Mr. Gopal Krishna, who has fought long and hard for this campaign. Our success in the courts has been because him lodging the affidavits to the Indian Court. Email him at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Email them with that suggestion, and ask them to take the high ground and restore their reputation which has obviously suffered. But, please be polite, we need to keep this campaign on the right course!
Mr. Colin Veitch - Veitch at CVEITCH@ncl.com
Mr. Chee Tut Chong - email@example.com
Miss Jane Poh - firstname.lastname@example.org
NCL CEO Colin Veitch - CVEITCH@ncl.com
Tell the media what going on!
Save the workers of India email these people you can make a difference!!!
NCL will do the same thing over again with the S/S United States and S/S Independence so we have to stop them NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks David Womacks