As India reels under the effect of COVID-19 second wave, oxygen supply has become a primary issue. And the ship recycling industry is at the receiving end of it.
Even with the pandemic raging over a year, the ship recycling industry isn’t getting any rest. On the contrary, there’s an increase in the number of ships heading for scrap yards like Alang in Gujarat, India.
IRClass, an international ship classification society, underlines high safety standards as key to doubling India’s ship recycling capacity by 2024, an ambitious target set by Indian government in the recent Union Budget 2021-22.
Icelandic program Kveikur released an investigation on the murky sale of two ships owned by Icelandic company Eimskip.
INS Viraat, the longest-serving warship is on its way from Mumbai to the world’s biggest ship breaking yard Alang, Gujarat to be dismantled.
“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.