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Shoot: Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam the Netherlands

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Greenpeace activists block temporarily the pilot at shipyard Van der Giessen-de Noord in Krimpen aan den IJssel (Schiedam). The Greenpeace's message is simple 'Stop TBT'. In the pilot a large passenger ship is painted with paint containing the toxic substance tribultylin. TBT is processed in many ship paints to prevent the growth of alga and sea acorns to the ship's hull. TBT damages sea life. Female shellfish develop male sexual characteristics and become infertile. Because of this the sea whelks have already disappeared in the Wadden Sea. The action is a success: the shipyard and the shipowner have promised to stop using TBT-paint. Since 1990 TBT-paint is forbidden for recreation ships, but this prohibition doesn't concern sea vessels. Greenpeace wants a total ban on TBT. Since 1998 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the United Nations is working on a ban and they want to stop the usage of TBT in 2003. Greenpeace urges IMO to allow a ban as soon as possible, because there are enough alternatives. An environmental solution is for example so-called non-stick paint. This paint makes the surface so smooth that sea organism cannot attach.

Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
8 Mar, 2000
Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
8 Mar, 2000
Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
8 Mar, 2000
Toxics Action against TBT in Ship Paint in Schiedam
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