SHIPBREAKING

A DIRTY AND DANGEROUS INDUSTRY

SHIPBREAKING

A DIRTY AND DANGEROUS INDUSTRY

SHIPBREAKING

A DIRTY AND DANGEROUS INDUSTRY

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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a global coalition of organisations working to reverse the environmental harm and human rights abuses caused by current shipbreaking practices and to ensure the safe and environmentally sound dismantling of end-of-life ships worldwide.

Just as the goods they transport, ships too become waste when they reach the end of their operational lives. Yet only a fraction is handled in a safe and clean manner. The vast majority of the world's end-of-life fleet, full of toxic substances, is simply broken down - by hand - on the beaches of South Asia. There, unscrupulous shipping companies exploit minimal enforcement of environmental and safety rules to maximise profits.

Ship owners from East Asia and Europe top the list of dumpers that sell ships for breaking on South Asian beaches.

In Bangladesh, India and Pakistan ships are broken apart directly on the beach instead of in an industrial site: a practice known as "beaching".

 

Since 2009:

 

5962
SHIPS BEACHED
313
DEATHS
216
INJURIES

SPOTLIGHT

Where ships go to die – Winner of the Public Eye Investigation Award

Decommissioned deep-sea vessels are floating toxic waste. Their disposal is laborious and costly, and regarded as a menace by those who want to protect both the workers… Read More

Maersk’s toxic trade: the North Sea Producer case

In August 2016 the FPSO NORTH SEA PRODUCER was beached in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The ship was allowed to leave the UK based on false claims that it… Read More

The controversial case of the Harrier: holding business to account

It all started with an anonymous letter informing us that the EIDE CARRIER was sold for scrap. Having been laid up for many years on the Norwegian… Read More

Financers pressure shipping industry to clean up its recycling practices

Banks, pension funds and other financial institutions are increasingly asked to take into account social, environmental and governance criteria when selecting asset values or clients. Investing with an… Read More

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Brussels, Mar 20th 2019

Platform News – Norwegian pension funds turn their attention towards Indian shipbreaking practices

Last week the Council on Ethics of the Norwegian oil pension fund (Government Pension Fund Global) announced that it will turn its attention towards Indian shipbreaking practices…. Read More

Chittagong, Feb 18th 2019

Press Release – Fire on board Greek tanker kills two shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh

Md Jamil and Bipul lost their lives while scrapping Polembros’ vessel Greek Warrior.

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Brussels, Jan 30th 2019

Press Release – Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2018

744 large ocean-going commercial vessels were sold to the scrap yards in 2018. Of these vessels, 518 were broken down on tidal mudflats in South Asia.

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Brussels, Jan 22nd 2019

Press Release – The hypocrisy of better beaches: winners of the “Public Eye Investigation Award” shed light on shipbreaking in Alang and Swiss companies’ involvement

Gie Goris and Nicola Mulinaris received Public Eye’s “Investigation Award”.

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Brussels, Jan 20th 2019

Press Release – Another Dutch ship owner faces huge fine for having beached a vessel

Dutch ship owner Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II BV has been fined 780.000 EUR and paid a settlement of 2.2 million EUR – totaling to a price… Read More

Brussels, Jan 15th 2019

Platform News – NGO Shipbreaking Platform launches new website

Set for the many milestones for clean and safe ship recycling ahead of us, we are proud to announce the launch of our new website, which aims… Read More

Brussels, Jan 03rd 2019

Platform News – The European Union guides the shipping industry towards safe and clean recycling

The European Union Ship Recycling Regulation is now fully applicable. From 31 December 2018, EU-flagged commercial vessels above 500 GT must be recycled in safe and environmentally… Read More

Brussels, Nov 15th 2018

Platform News – Greenpeace regrets beaching of Rongdhonu (ex Rainbow Warrior II)

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform regrets that the Rongdhonu, former Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior II, has been sold for scrapping on the beaches of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Greenpeace International had… Read More