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Indian court clears break up of SS Norway

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 14 - 2007

SS Norway (The Blue Lady)India’s Supreme Court authorized the breaking up of former Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, SS Norway, also known as the “Blue Lady.”  A panel of judges in New Delhi has ended a long legal battle by environmentalists who claim the ship contains toxic waste including radioactive material and asbestos.

The Norway has been beached off the coast of India’s Gujarat state since August 15, 2006 while the legal fight played out.  The court allowed the breaking to proceed after accepting a technical expert committee’s guidelines on how to break ships without exposing the workers to harm.  Established Alang ship breakers Priya Blue Industries (PTI) will handle the work.  PTI states the dismantling of the Norway will proceed and that all concerns regarding radioactive material have been cleared and that any remaining asbestos will be handled appropriately.

Originally christened the SS France, the ship was built as a showpiece for the French government and completed more than 300 trans-Atlantic crossings from 1962 to 1974.  It sat idle for five years before Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line spent nearly $80 million in 1979 to turn it into a modern cruise ship with outdoor swimming pools and sun decks.  A boiler room explosion in May 2003 killed eight crewmen.  After the incident Norwegian stated the ship repairs were too costly and sold the ship for scrap.

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One Response to “Indian court clears break up of SS Norway”

  1. thomas says:

    I have had a cruise with blue lady. This beautiful ship has a soul – really

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