Yılmaz Demir (55 years old) and Oğuz Taşkın (30 years old) were on board the cruise ship CARNIVAL INSPIRATION when they were suddenly caught by flames. Yılmaz died on the spot, whilst Oğuz succumbed due to severe burns three days later at the nearby hospital.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, BAN, BAN Asbestos France, IBAS, İstanbul Isig Meclisi and Brazilian ABREA have alerted the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization about the legal, environmental and health risks linked to breaking the aircraft carrier São Paulo.
The Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) tanker J. NAT has been beached on the shipbreaking shores of Gadani, Pakistan despite clear warnings by Interpol and international civil society groups that the vessel contains high levels of toxics.
In the last four months, the Turkish ship recycling industry has been hit by two serious accidents. Two workers lost their lives at two separate yards that are included in the EU List of approved ship recycling facilities.
There were a total of 170 ships broken in the third quarter of 2020. Of these, 110 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia, where, despite several yards being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shipbreaking activities continued to put workers’ lives at risk.
Icelandic program Kveikur released an investigation on the murky sale of two ships owned by Icelandic company Eimskip.
There were a total of 98 ships broken in the second quarter of 2020. Of these, 60 ships were sold to the beaches of South Asia, where, despite the majority of yards being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
NGO Shipbreaking Platform have been awarded a grant by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation under the international collaboration Engineering X – Safer End of Engineered Life Mission.
These past two years the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has won support for sustainable ship recycling in the financial sector while raising the stakes for shipowners who opt for substandard shipbreaking on South Asian beaches.