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:

 

6250
SHIPS BEACHED
388
DEATHS
250
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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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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Chattogram, Sep 03rd 2019

Press Release – Accident on board Greek ship kills two and injures thirteen

Two deaths and thirteen severe injuries. This is the toll of victims following yet another accident at the shipbreaking beach of Chattogram, Bangladesh.

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Chattogram, Jul 24th 2019

Press Release – Worker dies at Kabir Steel’s shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh

Kabir Steel and Evergreen linked to worker’s death in Bangladesh.

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Brussels, Jul 08th 2019

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #19

There were a total of 193 ships broken in the second quarter of 2019. Of these, 146 ships were sold to the infamous scrapping beaches of South… Read More

Brussels, Jun 17th 2019

Platform News – Performance With Bare Hands (Live) in Brussels

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform invites you to attend the artistic performance With Bare Hands (Live) on Friday 21 June in Brussels (Belgium).

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