Since 2006, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has advocated for the environmentally sound and safe dismantling of end-of-life ships “OFF THE BEACH !”. The Platform’s corporate website site www.offthebeach.org was launched on 13 June 2013, to distinguish responsible shipowners that adopt clean & safe ship recycling policies and practices from those shipowners that continue to support harmful beach shipbreaking operations.
Today, the vast majority of end-of-life ships are sent to shipbreaking facilities in South Asia, where the lack of enforcement of environmental laws and unsafe working practices make shipbreaking one of the world’s most dangerous industries.
This website seeks to better inform cargo companies who wish to select responsible shipowners to carry their goods around the world. As way of providing relevant background information, this site lists all ships (arranged by shipowner) that have been beached in South Asia (India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) for dismantling since 15 May 2009. This date reflects the adoption date of the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships by Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This site also lists the existing shipping fleet (arranged by shipowner) that carries cargo owners’ goods around the world today. It is our hope that the Off the beach ! website will promote safer and cleaner ship recycling policies and practices and will become an important consideration for cargo owners’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.