European Law: You cannot carry around toxical waste cross border without a ton of permits.
Exemption: “Normal” ship waste, ie what goes to the sludge tanks, is exempt.
Scenario: Ship toxic waste to Amsterdam, mix it in the sludge tanks (400 tons???), state it’s exempt (the harbor inspecetion was obviously sleeping), so you don’t have to have it costly ($600.000) processed in the European Union, nor need a permit (unobtainable for this stuff anyway), and ship it to Africa. Dump it in the open air. Ensure you’re in international water before the alarm bell rings.
Result: 7 dead (so far), 100′s hospitalized.
NIMBY. Have a nice day.
Update: Added costs and picture. Original Waste owner, Trafigura based in a suburb of Amsterdam, is starting to pay for the medical costs of the survivors, so far $50.000.
Update: Estonia’s government, who grounded the Probo Koala, have released the ship today (oct 10th).