The video provides a timelapse of a ship breaking procedure in the world’s largest ship recycling facility, in Alang, India. Alang has been found several times at the centre of global criticism regarding the unsafe working conditions and environmentally unsustainable practices, as Bangladeshi and Pakistani shipbreaking yards.
However, these conditions are starting to change with the introduction of Hong Kong Convention as well as the EU Regulation on Ship Recycling which introduce new standards for global ship recycling.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has started to implement new measures to address the problem of unsustainable conditions in its yards in recent years, with new legislation deploying sub-contractors, prohibiting child labor and establishing worker insurance, among others.
India has shown more than “signs of improvement” in terms of ship recycling industry and what has been achieved provides one or the other best practice guidance for developed countries as well,
…said in a recent article Mr. Rohit Agarwal, Ship Recycling Expert at GSR Sentinels LLP.