“Vessel isolation” has been introduced at Alang shipbreaking yard, where seafarers having COVID-19 symptoms would be allowed to quarantine themselves aboard the ship, instead of disembarkation.
Two Indians, including a ship Captain and two Filipinos, were amongst the first 4 COVID cases that came to light at Alang shipbreaking yard, India.
There were a total of 122 ships broken in the third quarter of 2019. Of these, 73 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia for dirty and dangerous breaking.
In 2012 more than 1300 ocean-going ships were sold for breaking. Only a minority of these end-of-life vessels were handled in a safe, sustainable manner. About two thirds of the ships were simply run ashore on tidal beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. A look at how ship recycling can become cleaner and safer.
Companies within the ship recycling industry are known as cash buyers when they purchase a vessel with 100% cash. In turn, the cash buyer sells the vessel to a recycler in any one of the ship recycling countries.
Shashank Agrawal, vice-president legal of Wirana Shipping Corp, Singapore, looks at the problems facing cash buyers and ship recyclers and suggest ways of overcoming them with strong leadership and support from the new Indian government.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform expresses dismay over the continued failure of GMB to be transparent and to grant civil society access to see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards in Alang.
The German competent authorities were alerted about the imminent illegal export of the ships from the port of Hamburg and prompted to take action to stop the vessels from departing.
The dramatic improvements witnessed at the recycling yards of Alang are an unnoticed “diamond in the rough” for 2016.