More than two dozen companies are in the spotlight for what some are calling a “toxic” practice of shipping containers filled with hazardous waste, including some with “faulty” safety certificates.
Key points:Companies like Blue Cross, Lufthansa and Royal Dutch Shell have been fined more than $2.8 billion in Australia since the mid-1990sThe practice has resulted in a string of deaths and injuries across the countryThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has launched a review of the shipping industry, with a focus on what is known as “shipping container shipping”, where containers are filled with waste, and the process has caused the deaths of thousands of people.
“It is a toxic and potentially dangerous practice that has the potential to harm health and the environment,” Tanya O’Shea, the ATSB’s Assistant Commissioner, told reporters.
“This is a growing problem and it is a problem we are now looking at.”
“It’s a very complex issue and the ATB is in the process of taking a look at that.”
“We will continue to take a keen interest in that.”
The practice, known as cargo container shipping, involves shipping containers packed with hazardous materials and containers filled to the brim with waste.
“There’s a big gap between the container shipping industry and the rest of the industry, and they are not being regulated properly,” Ms O’Hera said.
“What we’re doing is looking at the whole industry.”
She said there was a gap between shipping container companies and the public.
“We are working closely with our counterparts across the industry to see what is going on and if there are any issues with the way these containers are being transported.”
The ATSB is also looking at whether the companies are properly reporting their operations to regulators.
“If there’s any potential, we’ll look at those as well,” Ms Pouyanne said.ATSB is investigating whether the practice is being properly carried out in relation to hazardous materials, and is also seeking a report from a company on the amount of waste it has collected from containers.
“That’s an ongoing and serious issue, and it’s a major issue in the Australian economy,” Ms Cripps said.
The ATB has launched an investigation into the practice.
The Royal Dutch State Bank, one of the largest banks in Australia, has been found to be shipping containers full of “dangerous” waste, while other banks, including Bank of America, Chase, and JP Morgan Chase, have been found not to be complying with safety standards.
In October 2016, the Australian Government warned the banks about shipping container shipping.
The Government is calling for banks to “immediately change their practices” and stop shipping containers containing hazardous materials.