Eighteen months have passed since local residents and K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) first raised concerns regarding scrapping operations at Union Bay, traditional unceded territory of First Nations within Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada.
In the last weeks, seven workers tragically died while dismantling vessels in Bangladesh and Turkey.
With the rise in awareness towards maritime environment, the major changes in the process of ship breaking,has given rise to a new term – green ship recycling.
The ship-breaking industry of India is up for a major boom as shippers are procuring 230-240 ships. Indian shipbreakers will be acquiring ships with a combined tonnage of 1.9 million light displacement tonnage (LDT).
M/V Knock Nevis was the world’s largest ship every until it was scrapped in one of the ship breaking yards of Alang, India in 2010. The supertanker, which was known as the most massive ship every built by man, had an extremely dramatic life.
Poor working conditions, exploitation of workers, and lack of safety policies are some of the several issues that plague the ship breaking yards of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Mentioned herein are ten such documentary movies and short films on workers from the ship breaking industry.
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.
According to NGO shipbreaking platform, in 2017, 835 vessels were dismantled. 543 of these ships were sold for dirty and dangerous breaking on the beaches of South Asia.
In Bangladesh, men desperate for work perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. They demolish huge ships in grueling conditions, braving disease, pollution, and the threat of being crushed or stabbed by steel sliced from the hulls.