South Asia Quarterly Update
The Platform has many member organisations in the three main South Asian countries. Every quarter we publish updates about the events taking place in South Asia.
In this quarterly publication, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia, accidents, recent on-the-ground, legislative and political developments including our activities in South Asia, we aim to inform the public about the negative impacts of substandard shipbreaking practices as well as positive steps aimed at the realisation of environmental justice and the protection of workers’ rights.
Most recent update
In this edition you will find out more about a dramatic surge of fatal accidents in the Bangladesh shipbreaking yards in May-June and the case study of young worker Mominul who was crippled while breaking European ships, our follow up of the Kabir Steel case with businesses in the yard’s value chain as well as the UN Special Rapporteur’s critique of German shipbreaking practices in substandard beaching yards. Last but not least, read our reaction to ECSA’s so-called fact-finding report on their visit to the Alang shipbreaking yards.
#9 – 27 April 2016
In this edition you will find out more about several accidents in the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh and a revived High Court order, the effects of the European Union standard for sustainable ship recycling, and the story of the illegal export of the Horizon Trader. In the first quarter of 2016, 239 large commercial vessels were sold for breaking, 189 of these were beached in South Asia. So far this year at least seven workers have lost their lives at the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh.
#8 – 21 January 2016
In this edition you will find out about the appalling accident record of the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh in 2015. Very unfortunately, the New Year has already seen its first fatal accident in the shipbreaking yards of Chittagong. Our Bangladeshi member organisation OSHE Foundation recently published a Bengali language documentary highlighting some of our major concerns regarding occupation health and safety in the yards. In the last quarter of 2015, 150 large commercial vessels were sold for breaking, 104 of these were beached in South Asia.
#7 – 16 October 2015
In this edition you can read about the Pakistan government’s plans to clean up Gadani; that two Indian yards have received certification from a Japanese classification society for being compliant with the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention; and that the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has adopted a position against substandard shipbreaking practices. 166 large commercial vessels were sold for breaking in the third quarter of 2015, 78 of these were beached in South Asia. Three major accidents due to gas explosions killed five workers and severely injured ten, bringing the total death toll this year in Bangladesh to 12.
#6 – 30 July 2015
In this sixth edition of the update we inform amongst others about ships broken recently. 213 large commercial vessels were sold for breaking in the second quarter of 2015, including 136 end-of-life ships that were beached in South Asia. Between April and July 2015, the Platform documented at least six fatal accidents in the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh. It recorded three severe injuries in these three months. In the month of July only, at least five workers died in various accidents. We also inform about the operation on Ebrahim’s leg, a 15-year-old worker, thanks to private donations made by people who saw a documentary about shipbreaking filmed last year in Chittagong.
#5 – 10 April 2015
In this fifth edition of the update we inform amongst others about recent cases of workers killed or injured in shipbreaking yards. So far, 262 large commercial vessels have been sold for breaking this year, including 151 end-of-life ships that were beached in South Asia, most of which ended up in Alang or Mumbai in India (69 ships) and Chittagong in Bangladesh (66 ships). Only 16 end-of-life vessels have been sold to Pakistan so far. All together, the three South Asian countries accounted for 58% of the number of ships dismantled in the first quarter of 2015.
#4 – 16 January 2015
In this fourth edition of the update we inform amongst others about the Danish ship Clipper Concord sold for breaking to India; a report on the working conditions in Alang; and draw a comparison between Bangladesh’s shipbuilding and shipbreaking industry. In 2014, 657 ships were sold for breaking on the beaches of South Asia. The death toll due to accidents for 2014 was at least 23 shipbreaking workers – as accidents are not always reported, and many more workers also die of deceases such as cancer, the actual number however is expected to be higher.
#3 – 9 October 2014
In this third edition of the update we inform amongst others about a fatal accident onboard the German owned ship KING JUSTUS; growing opposition against dirty and dangerous shipbreaking in Kerala, India; and the lack of medical treatment for injured workers and ongoing court case by BELA in Bangladesh. This edition also includes two case stories from our field visit to Chittagong in September. So far this year 515 ships have ended up on the beaches of South Asia causing this third quarter the death of at least 4 workers – bringing the total death toll so far this year to 21 workers.
#2 – 7 July 2014
In this second edition of the update we inform about our report on the conditions in Pakistan, protests in India, our members’ work in Bangladesh and international development projects. So far this year 369 ships have ended up on the beaches of South Asia causing this second quarter the death of at least 10 workers – bringing the total death toll so far this year to 17 workers.
#1 – 7 April 2014
In this first edition of the update we inform about the forced eviction of two shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, the results of a public hearing and environmental impact assessment for a proposed new shipbreaking yard in India, and warn ship owners not to fall for the green-washing of the Alang shipbreaking yards. So far this year 195 ships have ended up on the beaches of South Asia and four major accidents have been reported, killing seven workers.