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NGO issues Pakistan Shipbreaking Outlook

The way forward for a safe ship recycling industry Shipbreaking the dismantling of vessels for the recovery of steel and other materials mainly takes place in developing countries. India, Bangladesh and Pakistan dismantle more than two thirds of all end-of-life vessels sent each year for breaking globally. Shipbreaking is a hazardous industry both for the workers and for the environment and adequate technologies for dismantling and the management of hazardous wastes need to be used, stringent procedures followed and labour rights enforced. End-of-life vessels are considered as hazardous waste under international environmental law when they contain toxic materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and organotins like tributyltin (TBT). These hazardous materials are structurally part of the vessels and are found, for example, in the engines. So far, there are no green ships built without any hazardous material.Today, shipbreaking in South Asia is still taking place at the cost of environmental destruction and severe health risks for the workers and the local population who are exposed to this hazardous industry. In 2012, ship owners sold 8506 end-of-life vessels for scrapping in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Beaching, the method currently used in South Asia, makes it ...

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NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes 2013 List of Toxic Ship Dumpers

German and Greek Shipping Companies amongst the world's worst The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of organisations seeking to prevent dirty and dangerous shipbreaking practices worldwide, published the complete list of ships that were dismantled around in the world in 2013.Of the 1213 large ocean-going vessels that were scrapped in 2013, 645 were sold to substandard beaching facilities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh . Approximately 40% of these ships were EU-owned. The new EU regulation on ship recycling entered into force on 30 December 2013. However, unless an economic incentive is added to it, the registration of European ships under flags of convenience will allow ship owners to sail around the new regulation and continue dumping their toxic ships in substandard facilities.End-of-life vessels contain toxic materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs and organic waste within their structures. South Asia has become a preferred dumping ground as environmental, safety and labour rights standards are poorly enforced there. Ship owners are able to sell their ships to the beach breakers for considerably greater profit than if they were sold to clean and safe recycling facilities."Whereas the number of dismantled ships remained nearly as high as in 2012, the number of ...

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