Six Dutch shipping company bosses will appear before a Rotterdam court Wednesday accused of deliberately dumping old ships on the beaches of India and Turkey.
“The prosecution service alleges that the suspects planned to have the boats dismantled in India and Turkey in violation of European laws on transferring waste,” the prosecution said.
The companies, which belong to the Seatrade group, face fines of up to 750,000 euros, while the bosses could face up to six months in prison with two months suspended.
Investigations by port police revealed that the companies planned to have four ageing vessels from Rotterdam and Hamburg broken up on the Indian and Turkish beaches.
A vessel named Spring Bear apparently ran aground in 2012 on Alang beach, in the western Indian …