South Asian Policy

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #13

Brussels, 12 July 2017 – There were a total of 210 ships broken in the second quarter of 2017. 158 of these ships ended up on South Asian beaches for dirty and dangerous breaking [1]. The Platform was able to document five accidents… More

Press release – Brazilian government asked to stop dumping toxic ships on South Asian beaches

Brussels/Rio de Janeiro, 15 June 2017 – The Brazilian CONTTMAF trade union federation and its member SINDMAR have recently criticized the shipbreaking practices of Transpetro, the oil and gas transportation subsidiary of the Brazilian petroleum corporation Petrobras, majority-owned by the State.

Platform News – Worker killed when breaking the Hanjin Rome

Brussels, 18 May 2017 – Two workers lost their lives at the Chittagong shipbreaking yards in the last two weeks, bringing the total death toll this year to six workers. On 6 May, 26-year-old Shahinoor died at Jamuna Shipbreaking yard. He fell from a great height when he was breaking the HANJIN ROME.

Platform News – NGO Shipbreaking Platform presents Annual Report 2016

Brussels, 16 May 2017 – The NGO Shipbreaking Platform presents its Annual Report 2016. Last year, at least 52 workers lost their lives on the shipbreaking beaches in South Asia. The worst explosion in the history of shipbreaking struck an oil tanker beached… More

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #12

Brussels, 25 April 2017 – 128 ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches in the first quarter of 2017 [1]. Eleven workers were killed and at least four additional workers were injured whilst cutting down the vessels manually on the… More

Press Release – Controversial Tide Carrier under arrest in Norway

Brussels/Oslo, 6 April 2017 – After having been informed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and its member organisation Bellona that the TIDE CARRIER had been sold for illegal, dirty and dangerous scrapping to a South Asian beaching facility, the Norwegian environmental authorities arrested the ship on Tuesday 5 April.

Press Release – Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2016

The list of all ships dismantled around the world in 2016, which the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has compiled and analysed, shows no improvements of the shipping industry’s management of its end-of-life vessels.

Platform News – ‘With Bare Hands’: an immersive journey into the problems of shipbreaking

Brussels, 25 January 2017 – International media outlets publish ‘With bare hands’, the first multimedia and data-driven reporting project that documents the negative impacts on the environment and the human costs of shipbreaking in South Asia. Spanish daily newspaper El Pais and international… More

Platform News – Fire on Greek ship raises death toll in Pakistan

Brussels, 10 January 2017 – Five more shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in yet another fire that took place in the shipbreaking yards of Gadani, Pakistan, yesterday morning. The deadly fire broke out on board of the beached vessel GAZ FOUNTAIN (IMO 8406054). The LPG tanker’s last beneficial owner was the Greek shipping line Naftomar.

Press Release – Danish opposition parties call on Government to stop beaching of Maersk vessels

Brussels, 15 December 2016 – The Danish Environment Minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, had to answer to the Parliament yesterday following questions put to the Government by all the opposition parties.