On 11 April 2015, the worker Edris was severely injured while dismantling the “Eurus London” (IMO 9015321) on the beaches of Chittagong at Ferdous Steel yard. The worker was hit by sharp steel parts from the propeller of the ship. He suffered a life-threatening cut to his lower left leg. Edris was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, where he did not receive the urgently needed surgical treatment. The Platform’s local coordinator Muhammed Ali Shahin reported after a visit to the hospital: ”Edris is laying on the floor of the hospital and is waiting for a major operation. It is three days since this accident, but he has still not received any major treatment. He is also injured severely on his back, as well as in his eyes”. The owner of the yard had him sent to the hospital and paid for some medicine, but the poor worker was not able to afford his operation. His employer did not fulfill his legal duty to cover the necessary treatment.
The Platform and its local members used all contacts with medical staff as well as to local business men to support Edris and to ensure that his life could be saved. After the Platform informed PHP, a major industrial group in Bangladesh also involved in shipbreaking in Bangladesh, the hospital finally arranged for Edris’ treatment. The Platform was happy to hear that the young man survived his operation and could recover afterwards; however, it is sad that injured workers in life-threatening conditions only receive treatment once the NGOs report about the case and put pressure on the employers.
The “Eurus London” was owned by the UK-based ship-owning company Zodiac Maritime, formerly Sammy Ofer Group. The Platform contacted the company after the accident, informed them about Edris’ case and offered a constructive dialogue about clean and safe ship recycling. Zodiac, whose end-of-life vessels have been involveld in severe accidents in Bangladesh before, never responded