30 June 2014 – The Danish container shipping company Maersk Line stands accused of not observing its own ethical rules for breaking up ships.
Last year, three former Maersk ships were broken up on Alang Beach north of the Indian megalopolis of Mumbai by poor migrant workers operating under hazardous conditions.
Sold to Greek company
In 2011, Maersk Line sold the ships to Greek company Diana Shipping and leased them back for two years.
However, as soon as the contract expired, the Greek owner sailed the ships to Alang beach for breaking up.
“Consequently, Maersk Line is in conflict with its own ethical rules, which stipulate that the company’s ships must be broken up properly,” said Patrizia Heidegger, executive director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which works to promote sustainable shipbreaking.