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19 Oct 2016

Author:
Charles Digges, Bellona

Danish shipping giant caught beaching ships in India and Bangladesh

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Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container shipper, sent two of its vessels for decommissioning this summer to the Shree Ram yard in Alang on India’s west coast...Lack of employment contracts among the workers and toxic fumes were among findings by the Danish media watchdog Danwatch and two Danish media outlets, TV 2 and Politiken, in a collaborative report documenting conditions for Indian workers at the shipbreaking yard....Maersk spokesman Simon Mehl Augustesen told Reuters...We consider our active presence in Shree Ram and Alang to improve conditions faster and more effectively, than waiting for our standards to be complied with...Shree Ram told Reuters that it safeguards workers’ rights.