Transporters Strike Hits Ship Recycling Yards in Alang
Financial Express reported that activities at the Alang ship recycling yard in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat, have come to halt for more than two weeks, with transporters working with ship breakers going on strike for the past 21 days over loading and transport charges. In the wake of increasing fuel prices, transporters have demanded a hike in transport charges by at least 10%. They have also demanded that the loading charges of INR 100 per tonne, which are borne by transporters, be waived.
Alang Ship Recycling Association vice-president Mr Ramesh Mendpara said “We have been forced to shut all ship recycling-related activities over the past fortnight due to the transporters’ strike. There are no takers for scrap. Ship recycling units are unable to fulfil pending orders of steel and other material extracted from broken ships.”
More than 50% of scrap is purchased by nearly 100 re-rolling mills in Sihor town, around 65 km from the Alang yard. Traditionally, transport charges are borne by scrap purchasers. Hence, ship breakers have involved office-bearers of re-rolling mill associations to sort out the issues with transporters.