2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:18:59 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] SHIPS: Indian Government Blocks Toxic U.S. Ship
[Though this is not a government ship, its disposition has implications for the American "Ghost Fleets." - LS]

Media Release
Basel Action Network
November 9, 2009

Forged Ship Registration Documents Confirmed as Environmentalists Claim Victory

(Seattle, WA) - Following the discovery by the Basel Action Network (BAN) that the national registry and flag had been falsified, the Indian government yesterday ruled against allowing an aged American cruise liner from being beached on the infamous shipbreaking beaches of Alang, India. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) cited the precautionary principle and the fact that the ship not only appeared to arrive in India with false documentation but also the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took legal action against Global Marketing Services (GMS) and sister company Global Shipping LLC (GSL), both companies set up by the famous shipbreaking cashbuyer Mr. Anil Sharma, for exporting the ship from San Francisco, California in 2008 in violation of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The Platinum II formerly known as the SS Oceanic (and originally, the SS Independence) arrived in Indian waters for scrapping on 8 October 2009 with papers saying its flag was that of the Republic of Kiribati and that it was owned by Platinum Investment Services of Monrovia, Liberia. But BAN received official confirmation from the Operations Manager at Kiribati Ship Registry, Liau Siew Leng, that the registration was a forgery. The Kiribati Ministry of Communications, Transport & Tourism Development Office further confirmed the falsified documents.


For the entire release, see


Lenny Siegel
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