Tankers head back to Gadani for scrapping

Tankers head back to Gadani for scrapping

Two tankers have been sent for scrap in Pakistan, as authorities finally reopen the Gadani ship recycling area, one month after a terrible fire that killed many workers on an FSO.

The Gadani shipbreaking yard, around 50 km northwest of Karachi, consists of 132 shipbreaking plots along a 10 km stretch of beach. The area employs around 9,000 workers.

The yard was closed from November 1 when a welder hit illegally smuggled fuel on a beached FSO, sparking a horrendous four-day fire.

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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