Maersk finds itself at the centre of another shipbreaking storm after radioactive material was reportedly found on an elderly FPSO being scrapped in Bangladesh.
The 1984-built North Sea Producer now lies partially dismantled at Janata Steel shipbreaking yard in Chittagong and has attracted the ire of both NGOs and the High Court after a number of pipes were found to contain radioactive substances. Dismantling has been halted of the 33-year-old structure.
The court is now trying to ascertain how the vessel arrived on Bangladeshi beaches with a clean certificate.
Maersk, for its part, is distancing itself from the fallout, blaming it on an intermediary who bought the vessel and sold it for scrap.