Teekay office raided by Norwegian police waste exports

The Norwegian National Economic Crime unit (Okokrim) has raided the local office of international shipping company Teekay Offshore on suspicion of illegally exporting waste, the agency said on Thursday January 30th.

Okokrim acting senior public prosecutor Maria Bache Dahl said that authorities had carried out a search of Teekay Shipping Norway’s office in the southern city of Stavanger on Tuesday January 28th, adding that the agency had questioned witnesses and seized potential evidence.

The case revolves around the movement of a vessel from Norway to its eventual destination in India, where it was broken up, and whether the ship could be considered “waste” at the point of leaving Norway.

“Teekay Shipping Norway AS is suspected of illegal export of waste, in the form of the shuttle tanker Navion Britannia. The ship sailed from Norway in 2018, and reached Alang, India in July 2018,” Dahl told Reuters, adding that “the investigation will focus on whether the export was in violation of Norwegian and EU regulations of waste export.”

Bermuda-headquartered Teekay Offshore confirmed that the vessel was part of their fleet and that their office had been raided.

The company said the vessel had been sent to an Indian yard in 2018 for recycling in full compliance with the requirements and standards of the Hong Kong convention.

Teekay Offshore said that if had complied with all rules and regulations. “As a responsible operator, we are open and transparent about our practices and have nothing to hide. We have followed all rules and regulations in the related export and recycling processes.”

Okokrim’s Dahl said Norwegian police had not yet reached a conclusion over whether the vessel must be considered as waste before sailing from Norway.

“In our experience, the scope of the investigation of Teekay Shipping Norway AS will necessitate months rather than weeks of investigation before we will be able to conclude on whether to charge or acquit the company,” Dahl said.