Sabato, 16 Febbraio 2019
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'Costa Concordia must be scrapped in EU' says Greenpeace


Rome, March 10 - Greenpeace Italy on Monday called
for the Costa Concordia wreck to be disposed of safely in a
European port following the 1992 Basel Convention, which among
other measures bans the export of hazardous naval waste from
industrialized to non-industrialized nations.
"The European Commission (EC) in 2012 excluded ships from
the Basel Convention. This led to the dismantling of ship
demolition facilities in the EU while favoring the export of
such ships to Turkey and other Asian nations," said Greenpeace
Italy Campaign Director Alessandro Gianni.
The EC move also led to illegal ship demolition in Europe
and a steel-recycling business in the developing world, to the
benefit of European shipowners and and the detriment of South
Asian workers and the environment, Greenpeace explained.
"This illegal trade flourished because it involves cheap
labor, substandard toxic-waste handling, and market profits on
the recycled steel," Gianni said.
The Costa Concordia cruise liner hit rocks and partially
capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 13, 2012,
killing 32 out of the 4,229 people on board.
The 290-meter long, 13-deck, diesel-engine mammoth was
restored to an upright position after a successful parbuckling
operation in September.
The company has declared the ship a total loss and plans to
scrap it.
However there is no place to safely dispose of the Costa
Concordia in Italy, where it would take at least two years to
build a proper naval demolition basin, according to Greenpeace.

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