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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:




The Toxic Tide – 2019 Shipbreaking Records

2019 shipbreaking records: most shipping companies continue to opt for the highest price at the worst scrapping yards.

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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


Brussels, Apr 29th 2020

Press Release – NGOs urge Bangladesh authorities to halt the import of a highly toxic offshore unit that illegally departed from Indonesia

The tanker has more than 1500 tons of hazardous waste onboard.

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Brussels, Apr 15th 2020

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #21

There were a total of 166 ships broken in the first quarter of 2020. Of these, 126 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking.

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Brussels, Mar 18th 2020

Press Release – BBC exposes dirty and dangerous scrapping of oil and gas units in India

A BBC Disclosure production released this week reveals the harm caused by shipbreaking activities in Alang, India.

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Brussels, Feb 04th 2020

Press Release – Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2019

674 large ocean-going commercial vessels were sold to the scrap yards in 2019. Of these vessels, 469 were broken down on tidal mudflats in South Asia.

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Brussels, Jan 30th 2020

Press Release – Clemenceau’s sister ship heading for the scrapyard

The São Paulo, as the Clemenceau, contains large amounts of hazardous substances within its structure.

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Brussels, Dec 12th 2019

Platform News – Global ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries becomes law

The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, became international law on December 5.

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Brussels, Dec 10th 2019

Press Release – Conditions of shipbreaking workers in India remain appalling

The New Indian Express reveals that conditions for the shipbreaking workers at the beach of Alang, India, have not improved.

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Brussels, Nov 19th 2019

Press Release – NGOs win FPSO North Sea Producer case

  On 14 November the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the import, beaching and breaking of the infamous FPSO North Sea Producer… Read More