Greek ships recycled in Turkey
ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily NewsThe crisis-hit Greek maritime sector is sending its ships to Turkey for recycling, Doğan news agency said yesterday.
Some 85 percent of the ships sent to Aliağa in the Aegean province of İzmir for recycling so far this year came from Greece, said Adem Şimşek, the head of the Ship Recyclers’ Association. In 2011, 341 ships from Greece were sent to Turkey for recycling, while the figure was 67 in the first quarter of 2012, Şimşek said.
Ships recycled in Turkey have been notorious for asbestos. “[But] there is no asbestos problem in recycling the [Greek] ships, as they were manufactured after 1980,” said Ersin Çevikel, director of waste management at the association.