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Deutsche Welle – Shipbreaking: “Recycling a ship is always dangerous.”

(Written by Gönna Ketels) Access the original article 30 December 2014 – Young Bangladeshi shipbreaker Alamgir puts his life at risk every day. Patrizia Heidegger, of NGO Shipbreaking Platform, tells Life Links how it is trying to help people like him get better… More

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Politiken – Rederi dropper at sende skibe til ophugning på berygtet strand

Access the original article 22 December 2014 – Baron Wedell-Wedellborgs rederier får en formel ophugningspolitik – slut med flere skibe til berygtet indisk strand. Baron Johan Wedell-Wedellborgs rederier i Weco Group med adresse på Strandvejen i Rungsted sender ikke flere skibe til farlig… More

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Ekstra Bladet – Dansk skib sendt til døds-strand

(Written by Thomas Gösta Svensson and Kristian Kornø) Access the original article 17 December 2014 – Stenrige danske rederier sender i jagten på profit skibe til skrotning på den berygtede indiske strand Alang, hvor hundredvis af arbejdere har mistet livet under slavelignende forhold…. More


ZDF – Giftiger Tankerschrott für Bangladesch

Access the original article 26 October 2014 – Strandidylle ist anders: Am Strand von Chittagong in Bangladesch werden Millionen Dollar gemacht – mit rostigem Stahl alter Tanker. Auch deutsche Reeder machen mit – obwohl sie offiziell gar nicht dürfen. Die Gewinne sind hoch,… More

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DW – Hapag-Lloyd alters scrapping policy, citing ethics

(Written by Hardy Graupner) Access the original article 11 August 2014 – German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has changed its policy on the sale of old vessels. Its “old ladies” will now be sent to specialized docks for scrapping instead of trading them in… More


VICE – The Deadly Shipbreaking Yards of Chittagong

(Written by Liza Jansen) Access the original article 6 August 2014 – 34-year-old Massood is skinny, but muscular. His hands and arms are dotted with deep, jagged scars, the so-called “Chittagong tattoos”. From the look in his eyes you can tell he is… More

The Maritime Executive – Embarrassment for Shipowners, Not Law Enforcers

Access the original article 13 June 2014 – Op-Ed by Patrizia Heidegger (Editor’s note: Patrizia Heidegger is Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. This article is a response to Dr. Nikos Mikelis’ June 5th op-ed in this newsletter titled “Cash Buyer Speaks… More

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National Geographic – The Ship-Breakers

(Written by Peter Gwin) Access the original article 1 May 2014 -I had been warned that it would be difficult to get into Bangladesh’s shipbreaking yards. “It used to be a tourist attraction,” a local man told me. “People would come watch men… More


PRI – Where should old cargo ships go to die? Some Europeans say bring them home

(Written by Christopher Werth) Access the original article 21 October 2013 – At a shipyard in Ghent, Peter Wyntin, of Van Heyghen Recycling, climbs a steep, wooden plank aboard the ragged hull of a hulking, 650-foot long ship. It’s what’s left of the… More