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).
The High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the import, beaching and breaking of the infamous FPSO North Sea Producer illegal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The dramatic improvements witnessed at the recycling yards of Alang are an unnoticed “diamond in the rough” for 2016.
In an op-ed in Dagens Næringsliv, the largest daily business paper in Norway, Norwegian Shipowners Association and their CEO Sturla Henriksen say a definite NO to shipbreaking on beaches