NGO Shipbreaking Platform Annual Report 2009 (March 2010)

Abstract

“An exceptionally large number of ships were pulled out of service in 2009 to be dismantled. This increase in the number of ships was followed by a disastrous increase in the number of fatal accidents in South Asia. In Bangladesh more than 30,000 protected mangrove trees were cut to make room for additional shipbreaking activities on the Chittagong beach.”

“The need for the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to counterbalance arguments from a strong shipping industry not used to being held accountable for its substandard practices proved to be crucial in 2009 – and thanks in no small part to the continued efforts of the Platform and its member organisations. Concerned policy makers and companies have now joined the Platform in calling for just, sustainable and urgent solutions to the global shipbreaking crisis.”