Sustainable ship recycling consultancy Sea Sentinels believes proposed changes to the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation will bring “legal clarity” on hazardous waste exports that will benefit South Asian shipbreaking yards seeking to gain compliance with EU recycling standards.
Since the end of H1, there have been 163 cargo vessels sold for demolition, a 4.5% increase on the same period in 2020 when 145 vessels were scrapped, and a 63% increase from 2019 when only 100 vessels were scrapped.
A recent media report has highlighted what’s happening to Britain’s expired cruise ships which are heading to Indian scrapyards.
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.
With a potential to stir up the ship breaking community forever, a London judge ruled in favour of a Bangladeshi widow, whose husband died while he was working on the dismantling process of an ex-Maran VLCC. The widow can now sue the company for negligence of duty.
In Bangladesh, authorities have imposed strict lockdowns which have particularly impacted the most vulnerable part of the workforce: the migrant workers.
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.
Toxic ships are controversial vessel which have been the reason for environmental pollution threats in the past. These vessels have caused great disputes and harm to both humans and ecosystem because of harmful substances. Find out ten toxic ships of the shipping world inside the article.
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, an international coalition of labour, human rights and environmental organisations, withdrew their participation from the TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum that starts today in Hamburg.
Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand.