India moves on Covid-19 affect shipbreaking

Vessels bound for demolition Alang, India, are being impacted by India’s recent moves on Covid-19. Alang is the world’s largest shipbreaking destination.

Shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said in its weekly report that Indian authorities last week held an internal meeting with various government departments and shipping agents to discuss the outbreak of the illness and the effect on crew arrivals at Alang’s anchorage.

It was agreed that vessels arriving for recycling with crew nationalities from South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran and China would not be allowed to enter India, with immediate effect.

Since then, India has toughened its entry restrictions even further.

“All ship recyclers have been requested to inform their cash buyers, agents and others within the ship recycling industry of this procedure. All other nationalities will be checked out with the health department at Alang anchorage, thereafter once cleared, the usual custom formalities for inward clearance can take place,” the broker said.