End of Life Ships: The Human Cost of Breaking Ships

Author: Greenpeace & International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Published on: 12 December 2005

Shipbreaking...is a dirty and dangerous business. Almost all of the vessels condemned for breaking contain hazardous substances such as asbestos, oil sludge, paints containing lead, other heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic, poisonous biocides as well as PCBs and even radioactive substances... Greenpeace and FIDH estimate that the total death toll of shipbreaking practices in the world over the last twenty years might be thousands.

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