Two Workers Died In A Tragic Accident At Pakistan’s Gadani Shipbreaking Yard

Two employees were killed on January 16 at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in Pakistan. A heavy iron plate had fallen on them when the dismantling of the bulk carrier Catherine Bright in yard number 60 was happening. The deceased employees were working at the bottom of the vessel when the plate had dropped on them.

On January 18, the National Trade Union Federation (abbreviated the NTUF) alleged that the workers were compelled to work at the vessel without necessary safety measures. Pakistan has recently ratified the Hong Kong Convention, which is regarding a safe, better, and secure working environment. However, the willingness for the implementation does not seem to exist, the NTUF mentioned, adding that the ship owners, governmental departments, and police are in an alliance against the employees, as a consequence of which the Gadani shipbreaking yard is without rules of law.

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The NTUF reported that the police were safeguarding the contractor and the owner, who, the TUF has alleged, were responsible for the passing away of the employees. It further stated that the deceased employees had been buried late in the night in a covert way before a post-mortem.

Catherine Shipping Fleet Inc. owns the Panama-flagged, 1998-built, 43,022 gt Catherine Bright. From 2013 to 2018, it had been referred to as the Energy Prosperity, managed and owned by Fiorenza Pte Ltd based in Singapore. It reached Gadani in Pakistan on December 4, last year, having departed from the Doha Anchorage on its ultimate journey on November 30. Passenger/Vehicle RoRo Ancier was reportedly identified as the key source of an oil sheen and odour seen around Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island of Canada since January 14.

Canada’s Coast Guard has been striving to examine the ferry as the source of the leakage, and a containment boom was strung around the vessel mentioned above. The CCG was trying to understand how much had leaked and what fuel or oil was involved. The ferry was heading toward Alang to be broken up and had also made what was planned as a short halt in Charlottetown, where it had to refuel to carry on for its final journey. The fuelling occurred on January 13, and the first complaint was lodged with the local Department of the Environment the following afternoon.

St Kitts & Nevis-flagged, 1973-built, 11,481 gt Ancier is owned by Super Shining Shipping Corp in the care of Resurgence Ship Management Pvt Ltd of India. It has been entered with West P&I (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Super Shining Shipping Corp. As of January 21, it had been moored at Charlottetown, where it reached on January 12.

General cargo ship Pluto experienced engine trouble on January 11, going from Fukuyama in Japan to Busan in South Korea. It was anchored off the port of departure. A radio call was scheduled, notifying that a crew member was missing. He was possibly lost overboard. The Japan Coastguard then launched a SAR operation.

The South Korea-flagged, 2020-built 4,608 gt Pluto is reportedly owned and managed by the Shinsung Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul in South Korea. It is entered on behalf of the firm Shinsung Shipping Co Ltd. with the Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate). As of January 21, it was listed as having stopped at the Shinmonji Anchorage in Japan.

Reference: Marine Link

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