Norwegian cruise liner Blue Lady will finally be broken down at Alang ship-breaking yard after the Supreme Court Technical Committee gave its consent to the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to grant beaching permission to the ship, officials said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court committee gave the go-ahead to GMB on condition that the 210-odd metric tonnes of disposable hazardous wastes generated while breaking the ship will be disposed of in a safe manner, officials added.
GMB will be granting official permission for beaching the Blue Lady on Wednesday, they said.
The cruise liner owned by Haryana Ship Demolition Pvt Ltd is currently anchored in Pipavav port a few nautical miles from Alang.
A five-member GPCB (Gujarat Pollution Control Board) team, lead by chairman Sanjay Tyagi, Atul Sharma from GMB, Dr Naidu from GPCB, Dr B Singh from Mecon (consulting firm) and Dr Dave from the NIOH (National Institute of Occupational Health) had carried out an assessment of the hazardous wastes on Blue Lady at Pipavav from July 8 to 11 and had submitted a report to the Supreme Court technical committee.
The GPCB team visited New Delhi on July 29 and appraised the committee about the findings of the inspections conducted on the ship.
The committee cleared the ship after asking GMB to see that the wastes generated from the breaking of the vessel are disposed of in a safe manner, the officials added.