Pakistan to resume tanker scrapping

Sources tell Splash there has finally been a breakthrough in Pakistan with authorities signing off and consenting to the lifting of the restrictions imposed for the importing of tankers into Pakistan for recycling.

Tanker scrapping had been barred in the south Asian nation for a long time following a spate of deadly accidents.

Tankers heading to Pakistan will need to be in a gas free condition like in neighbouring India and Bangladesh.

Official notification of the resumption of tanker recycling in Pakistan is expected to be circulated later this week, and will likely include a raft of new safety guidelines for tonnage headed to Pakistan.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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