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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:




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


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

Brussels, Oct 15th 2019

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #20

There were a total of 122 ships broken in the third quarter of 2019. Of these, 73 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking.

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Alang, Sep 17th 2019

Press Release – Documentary reveals SBM’s toxic trade of ships in Alang

Dutch multinational SBM Offshore allowed a heavily polluted tanker to be demolished on the beach in 2018.

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Brussels, Sep 11th 2019

Platform News – SAVE THE DATE: “With Bare Hands” on 3 October 2019 in Brussels

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform invites you to attend the conference With Bare Hands on Thursday 3 October in Brussels (Belgium).

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Alang, Sep 10th 2019

Press Release – Two fatal accidents at Indian yards under EU scrutiny

Two separate accidents took place at well-known scrapping yards that have applied to be included in the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities.

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Oslo, Sep 05th 2019

Press Release – NGOs release new report on North Sea oil and gas recycling

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform released today a report on offshore decommissioning during a seminar held in Oslo, Norway.

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