South Asian Policy

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.

Platform News – Worker killed in yard breaking German-owned container ship “Viktoria Wulff”

Brussels/Chittagong, 12 December 2016 – On 4 December, worker Shah Jahan was killed on the spot at Arefin shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where German container ship “Viktoria Wulff” (IMO 9252101) is currently being dismantled on the beach. The 35-year old man, who… More

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #11

Brussels, 17 November 2016 - The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today the eleventh South Asia Quarterly Update, a briefing paper in which it informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South… More

Press Release – NGOs denounce dangerous working conditions after major explosion at Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan killing at least 21 workers

Brussels, 2 November 2016 – A major blast caused by several gas cylinder explosions killed at least 21 workers yesterday.

Platform News – Maersk incited business partner to opt for worst breaking practices for 14 ships

Brussels, 28 October 2016 – A third report by the investigative journalists of Danwatch, “Maersk and the shadowy deals”, reveals that the Danish container ship giant has incentivised the sale of 14 ships to substandard shipbreaking yards on the beaches of Bangladesh and… More

Platform News – Maersk involved in illegal toxic waste trafficking

Brussels, 27 October 2016 – The Maersk-owned floating oil production and storage tanker, North Sea Producer, left the UK in May 2016 and was directly towed to Bangladesh, where it arrived on 14 August 2016. Two days later, the North Sea Producer was beached at the Janata Steel shipbreaking yard in Chittagong.