The Blue Lady Case and the International Issue of Ship Dismantling


Florent Pelsy
68 Rue du Viaduc,
1050 Brussels, Belgium


This paper focuses on the decision of the Supreme Court of India to allow the dismantling of the Blue Lady (ex France) in Alang. The first part underlines that the Supreme Court of India is prioritising the commercial interest of the dismantling companies over the social and environmental concerns of the workers and the communities living in Alang. It argues that such decision goes against its 2003 judgement on ship-dismantling. It then demonstrates that the Supreme Court of India is distorting the concept of sustainable development. The second part analyses the Blue Lady case from an international perspective since most of the ships that are dismantled in India come from developed countries. It provides an overview of the Basel Convention on ship dismantling issues and a study of the Clemenceau case before the French Conseil d'Etat. It then concludes that a better control of end-of-life ships in OECD countries and a new international convention on ship-dismantling would be necessary in order to prevent environmental and social disasters in Alang.


Alang, Basel Amendment, Basel Convention, Blue Lady, Clemenceau, draft convention on ship-dismantling, end of life dhips, ship-dismantling, Supreme Court of India, sustainable development.             LEAD Journal - ISSN 1746-5893