NGO Shipbreaking Platform Publishes List of Ships Dismantled Worldwide Revealing Human Rights Abuses

 

PRESS RELEASE

20 January 2018

Brussels, 20 January 2018. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform publishes today its list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2017 in tidal beaches of South East Asia revealing the shipping industry’s irresponsible shipbreaking practices and a series of human rights and labour abuses, including loss of life, at shipbreaking yards.

Shipbreaking_logo543 ocean-going commercial vessels were broken down by hand in yards in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform reports. Greek and German shipowners continue to be on top of the list of shipping companies that opt for dangerous and dirty shipbreaking practices. Greek owners were, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform data, responsible for the highest absolute numbers of ships sold to South East Asia shipbreaking yards in 2017.

2017 Ship Dismantling Records Shipbreaking Platform

According to information independently gathered by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform through its Bangladeshi members-organisations, shipbreaking workers include migrants and children, who are subject to abusive labour practices such as dangerous and unsafe working conditions that have lead to loss of life. 2017 documented 16 deaths and 22 severe injuries in Bangladeshi yards, the cause of which varied from falling steelplates, hits by iron cabling and piping, suffocation from toxic gases and general occupational deceases from exposure to toxic fumes such as asbestos.

Apart from the immeasurable human cost, the practice of beaching vessels has a detrimental impact on the local ecosystem when toxic spills and various pollutants are released.

On top of this,  the general lack of transparency in the shipbreaking practices by the shipowners and the local yard owners makes the collection and the verification of data difficult, Shipbreaking Platform reports.

Studio Fasching – Courtesy of NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Human Rights at Sea condemns these irresponsible shipbreaking practices and urges the shipping industry to engage in sustainable recycling of ships in facilities that comply with the highest environmental and working conditions standards.  It is not only a matter of  bad business practices, but a matter of complicity to a pattern of human rights abuses in the shipbreaking industry and to the degradation of the environment and the local ecosystem.

Download the press release of NGO Shipbreaking Platform here and the list of all vessels dismantled worldwide in 2017 here

NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a supporting entity of Human Rights at Sea. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a coalition of 19 environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations working to prevent the dangerous pollution and unsafe working conditions caused when end-of-life ships containing toxic materials in their structure are freely traded in the global marketplace.

ENDS.

 

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