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25 Oct 2016

Report highlights unsafe practices at Maersk's ship recyclers in Alang, India; Maersk admits gaps

Danwatch, Danish investigative journalism center's report highlights unsafe practices at Shree Ram, the Alang shipbreaking yard recently contracted to scrap Maersk vessels. The inspection report and accompanying photos, as evaluated by independent safety experts, suggest that Shree Ram does not meet international safety standards. Shree Ram told Reuters that it safeguards workers’ rights. Annette Stube, Maersk Group's head of sustainability told Danwatch that...we agree that the photos show that our requirements are not being met. The situation is being addressed by the shipyard...However, working conditions aside, she asserted that Maersk is quite certain that all Shree Ram workers have labor contracts. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited MAersk & Shree Ram Group to respond, response from Maersk included. We will indicate next week if Shree Ram Group responds.