Note: Ministry of Environment & Forests appears to pursue the precedent it set in the matter of Platinum II (ex-SS Independence, MV Oceanic). The submission of the Ministry is erroneous.
A perusal of the Supreme Court orders of May 2012 along with the application of Gopal Krishna seeking compliance with court's order and Basel Convention and the application of Hongkong based Best Oasis company, subsidiary of Gujarat based Priya Blue Ship Recycling Pvt Ltd seeking permission to anchor Exxon Valdez (MV Oriental N)at Alang reveals that the US vessel is non-compliant with US laws, Indian laws and international laws besides the courts order.
The reference to September 6, 2009 directions of court without reference to October 14, 2003 order is misleading because the former orders reproduces ad verbatim every word of the 2003 order.
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)disagrees with selective reporting of facts and court's orders.
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Gujarat maritime board to take call on dismantling of ‘toxic’ ship at Alang: Centre to SC
The Union environment and forests ministry has stepped into the controversy over beaching rights and breaking of the ship, Exxon Valdez (rechristened as Oriental Nicety at India's biggest ship-breaking yard at Alang by leaving the decision to the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB). Responding to environment activist Gopal Krishna's application in the Supreme Court for decontamination of the vessel before permission to beach at Alang, the ministry in its affidavit said: "The local authority concerned, GMB, may take a decision for anchoring and subsequent beaching and breaking of the ship in strict compliance of the apex court's September 6, 2009, directions."
The Times of India, New Delhi, June 25, 2012