Tankers and gas ships banned from Gadani

Tankers and gas ships will not be allowed to be broken up at Pakistan’s prime ship recycling area, Gadani, until new safety rules and regulations are put in place. Sanaullah Zehri, the chief minister of the province of Balochistan, made the ruling yesterday in the wake of a spate of accidents in Gadani in recent months.

Zehri said the accidents were “intolerable” and deplored the dire safety conditions at Gadani.

A regulatory authority for the shipbreaking industry will be established next month.

“If an accident occurs in future, the department which issued a no-objection certificate for the vessel in question and the ship’s owner will be held responsible,” Zehri warned.

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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