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50% of newbuilds contain asbestos despite ban, tests find

Shipowners may be surprised to find their “asbestos-free” ships are not, in fact, asbestos-free. According to Maritec, which provides marine inspection, testing, certification and consultancy services from its headquarters in Singapore, more than 65% of all ships are operating with systems and machinery containing asbestos, even ships built after January 1, 2011, which are prohibited …

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