With as many as 130 ships being broken simultaneously, the Alang ship breaking yard has crossed the milestone of dismantling 5,000 ships before the end of 2009.
With as many as 130 ships being broken simultaneously, the Alang ship breaking yard has crossed the milestone of dismantling 5,000 ships before the end of 2009. Since its inception in 1982, the yard has recycled 35.61 lakh light displacement tonnage (LDT). ?The yard dismantled 4,970 ships up to the end of September 2009. With 20 and 29 ships recycled during October and November, respectively, the yard has crossed an important milestone of breaking 5,000 ships since its inception. Till now, 5,019 ships have been recycled at the yard,? said a source at Gujarat Maritime Board.
Till November 2009, the yard had dismantled 255 ships. ?In fiscal 2008-09, 264 ships were dismantled at the yard. While 255 ships were recycled by the end of November 2009. With four months left in the fiscal, we are hopeful that the current fiscal would be much better than the previous year,? said Vishnukumar Gupta, president of Ship Recycling Association of India.
The Alang yard recycled 1.94 million light displacement tonnage (LDT) during 2008-09, 174% more than the last fiscal. The yard recycled a record number of 348 ships in 1997, 347 ships in 1998 and 361 ships in 1999. At present, as many as 130 ships have been brought to the yard"s 15 plots for dismantling.
?At present, all the ship-breaking units in the yard have their hands full. The quantum of work is providing direct employment to 40,000 workers,? said Gupta. He said looking at the workload, there is still a possibility of providing employment to additional 20,000 workers.