At total of 20 workers were rescued after being trapped inside an oil tanker which caught fire in Gadani shipbreaking yard, Pakistan, on Monday, local media reported. The incident occurred during dismantling operations only a few months after the tanker scrapping ban was lifted.
Bangladeshi ship recycling yard PHP Family is ready for demolition of its first vessel in accordance with Hong Kong Convention standards. The shipyard, located in Chittagong, was the first in Bangladesh to win a statement of compliance with the Convention, back in October 2017.
The second phase of a project to enhance safe ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched with the first Project Executive Committee meeting in Dhaka, on 2 July. The SENSREC Project Phase II – Capacity Building, implemented by IMO and funded by Norway, will focus on legal and institutional analysis of ship recycling.
Ahead of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation entering onto force from 31 December 2018, ECSA noted that the current edition of the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities only features yards situated in Europe and has a capacity of around 300.000 LDT, which is far away from the 2.5 million LDT mentioned in the Regulation.
The video by National Geographic provides an insight into working conditions in one of the world’s largest ship recycling yards. Shipbreaking is considered as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Men desperate for work demolish ships in grueling conditions, braving the threat of being crushed or stabbed by steel sliced from the hulls.
On Monday, the EU member states’ experts on ship recycling met in Brussels to discuss the latest developments, six months ahead of the application of the 2013 Ship Recycling Regulation, with a special focus on China’s recent decision to stop the import of end-of-life ships for scrapping, which is expected to affect shipbreaking industry.
A total of 133 ships were dismantled in Turkey in 2017, including several drill ships and platforms. Although Turkish yards are preferred option for responsible ship recycling compared to South Asian yards, such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, they still face considerable challenges including high accident rate.
Pollutant and dangerous scrapping has been a key area of concern for Pakistani ship recycling industry. As in India and Bangladesh, the yards in Gadani operate directly on the beach, without any impermeable and drained working areas to protect the sea and sand from pollution.
Dirty and dangerous shipbreaking practices in Bangladesh have been strongly criticized both by global NGOs for many years, with marine pollution, hazardous waste dumping and unsafe working conditions, as well as the illegal exploitation of child workers, being among the key areas of concern.
The issue of unsustainable ship recycling, with hazardous working practices and environmental pollution, mostly in Southeast Asian yards, has been for several years a key area of concern for global NGOs and the international shipping industry. The problem in Alang was first documented by Greenpeace in 1998.
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