Following Star report, govt restricts entry of toxic ship | The Daily Star
04:12 PM, May 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:45 PM, May 02, 2020

Following Star report, govt restricts entry of toxic ship

The government today directed all departments concerned not to allow the highly toxic ship J Nat to enter Bangladesh territory.

That ship, currently on its way to Chattogram from Indonesia, is illegally carrying around 1500 metric tons of toxic mercury and mixed waste.

The government also warned all members of the Bangladesh Ship Breakers and Recyclers Association (BSBRA) not to purchase the ship.

The Daily Star published a report regarding the ship on April 30 titled 'Toxic ship heading for Bangladesh'.

"After seeing the newspaper report we have requested Bangladesh Navy and armed forces divisions not to allow the ship into Bangladesh territory," AKM Shamsul Areefin, Additional Secretary, Ship Recycling Wing, told The Daily Star yesterday.

"We have also informed the director-general of the environment and explosion division regarding the matter. There is no way that the ship is coming to Bangladesh," he added.

The ship started from Batam, Indonesia towards Chattogram on April 18 and was supposed to reach Bangladesh on May 7.

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