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:

 

6616
SHIPS BEACHED
399
DEATHS
278
INJURIES

SPOTLIGHT

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

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Brussels, Jul 09th 2020

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #22

There were a total of 98 ships broken in the second quarter of 2020. Of these, 60 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia, where shipbreaking kept putting workers’ lives at risk.

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London, Jul 03rd 2020

Platform News – NGO Shipbreaking Platform awarded grant by Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Engineering X has awarded nearly £1 million in grants to projects aimed at tackling the complex social, environmental and engineering challenges of decommissioning ships and offshore structures.

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Taiwan, Jun 22nd 2020

Platform News – Platform’s member BELA awarded the 2020 Tang Prize

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Tang Prize in Rule of Law.

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Brussels, Jun 11th 2020

Platform News – NGO Shipbreaking Platform presents Impact Report 2018/2019

These past two years the Platform has won support for sustainable ship recycling in the financial sector while raising the stakes for ship owners who opt for… Read More

Chattogram, May 30th 2020

Platform News – NGOs distribute emergency food to shipbreaking workers in Bangladesh

Thanks to the financial support received via donations, we managed to distribute food and personal protective equipment items to 130 shipbreaking workers’ families.

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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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