Platform Report: Fate of Shipbreaking Wastes in Turkey 2009

Abstract

“This report describes how asbestos, waste oils, bilge water, CFCs electrical cables and accumulators on board obsolete ships are managed downstream in Turkey. It also identifies wastes that are currently not properly managed, such as PCBs in certain electrical equipment, mercury, heavy metals and organotins in the paints of the ship structure.”

“Despite significant progress made these five past years on especially enhancing safety and pollution containment during dismantling operations, this report clearly identifies that there is room for improving the downstream management of hazardous ship wastes in Turkey. Especially the lack of independent monitoring and transparency through publicly available documentation is highlighted as a problematic area for hazardous waste management.”