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From M & C News -

Turks to fight arrival of asbestos ship

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey`s fishing industry will appeal to the nation`s highest court in Ankara to reverse a decision letting an asbestos-covered ship into Turkish waters.

The Marmara Union of Fisheries Cooperatives and Nature Warriors environmentalist group say the asbestos-covered Mexican ship Otopan -- due to be towed into the port of Izmir on the Aegean Sea from the Netherlands -- will harm Turkey`s fishing industry, Turkey`s Zaman newspaper reports.

The ship, which was declared not seaworthy, was docked in Amsterdam for seven years.

Turkey`s Environment and Forestry Ministry gave it permission to be dismantled at a private shipyard in the refining town of Aliaga, 40 miles north of Izmir.

Dismantling asbestos-covered ships is forbidden worldwide, said Ali Guney, chairman of the Istanbul Union of Fisheries Cooperatives.

Turkey is not 'a dumping ground,' he said. 'The Mediterranean was polluted by the waste of chrome factories. Will the Aegean and Marmara seas face the same fate?'

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