The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a coalition of 19 environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations working to prevent the dangerous pollution and unsafe working conditions caused when end-of-life ships containing toxic materials in their structure are freely traded in the global marketplace.

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Platform News – Surge of fatal accidents in Chittagong

Brussels, 27 June 2016 – At least five shipbreaking workers have been killed and five more severely injured in a series of fatal accidents in Bangladesh this last month only. On 23 May, 21-year old Rubel died at Seiko Steel shipbreaking yard when he fell from great heights. He was working without safety equipment. Only six days later, on 29 May, 5 workers were struck by falling steel plates at the same yard which is also referred to as Darussalam or Madina Enterprise. One worker died on the spot, another died in hospital. The three remaining workers were severely injured.

Shipbreaking With Acetylene Cutting Torch, Alang

Platform News – Clean Shipping Coalition: Maersk undermines its reputation with plan to circumvent ship recycling law

Brussels, 8 June 2016 – The Clean Shipping Coalition criticises container ship giant Maersk for its statement that is considers to flag out end-of-life vessels from the Danish or other European registries in order to circumvent the European Ship Recycling Regulation. The Clean… More

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Platform News – Norway’s largest Pension Fund highlights human rights and environmental risks related to shipbreaking in South Asia

Brussels, 1 June 2016 – KLP commissioned the International Law and Policy Institute to write a report on the human rights and environmental risks related to the current practice of dismantling ships on beaches.

Ship Breaker Hauling Steel, Alang Shipyards

Platform News – NGO Shipbreaking Platform presents Annual Report 2015

Brussels, 31 May 2016 – The NGO Shipbreaking Platform presents its Annual Report 2015. Check the new Annual Report to find out more about: – our findings about global shipbreaking practices in 2015, including an overview of developments on the ground and statistics on… More

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Spike in the number of decommissioned vessels related to the oil and gas industry

Brussels, 3 May 2016 - In the last few months, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has documented more and more oil platforms, drill ships and other vessels related to the oil industry arriving for demolition on the beaches of South Asia as well as in Turkey and China. The Platform calls on the large oil and [...] More

German ship fund Norddeutsche Vermögen continues to exploit substandard shipbreaking to maximise profits – clear contradiction to company’s values

Brussels, 27 January 2016 - German ship owner Norddeutsche Vermögen Holding GmbH & Co, a company offering shares in ship funds, and its subsidiary Norddeutsche Reederei Schuldt, have seen another three of its vessels arriving at the beaches of South Asia in 2015: the “Northern Glance” (registered under the name “APL Malaysia”, IMO 9196917) hit [...] More
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