Maritime Industry and Human Rights: Shipbreaking

Naquib Hossain (cc-by-2.0)

Shipbreaking is one the world's most dirty and dangerous industries. The vast majority of world's end-of-life ships are broken down - by hand - on the shores of South Asia.

On the one hand, workers, often exploited migrants, suffer loss of life, accidents, and occupational diseases due to unsafe working conditions and exposure to toxic fumes and materials. On the other hand, coastal ecosystems and the local communities depending on them are devastated by toxic spills and other types of pollution from breaking vessels on beaches. As such, the negative consequences of shipbreaking are real and felt by many.

Safer and cleaner methods of ship recycling already exist but until the global community shows leadership and forces toxic ships off the beach, the shipping and shipbreaking industries will continue their race to the bottom.

Get RSS feed of these results

Related stories and components

Article
22 November 2011

No more conditional import of toxic ships [Bangladesh]

Author: Daily Star [Bangladesh]

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the government to frame by December 14 a set of rules to free the ship-breaking industry from pollution and ensure safety of the workers…The order came upon a petition against a High Court order that extended the...

Read more

Story
22 March 2012

NGO letter urges EU Council not to support Commission proposal on shipbreaking saying it will "legalize export of hazardous end-of-life ships to developing countries"

See full story

Article
18 July 2012

Worker killed in Ctg ship breaking yard [Bangladesh]

Author: Daily Star [Bangladesh]

A worker died after a large iron plate fell on him at a ship-breaking yard at Bhatiari in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong…The victim Md Khorshed Alam, 20, worked at SRS Ship Breaking Yard and hailed from Kotapara in Sitakunda upazila. Inspector ...

Read more

Story
5 February 2013

EU must act to curtail European companies’ practice of hazardous shipbreaking in South Asia & China, says NGO

See full story

Story
17 February 2013

30 NGOs sign petition calling on European Parliament to support environmentally sound & safe ship recycling

See full story

Story
26 March 2013

EU Parliament committee votes in favour of fund to reduce hazardous ship-recycling; NGOs applaud move

See full story

Story
19 April 2013

European Parliament votes to ban hazardous ship recycling, but rejects proposal to subsidise safer recycling facilities in Europe

See full story

Article
1 May 2013

Opening of the exhibition “Chittagong Blues & The shipbreakers” [Brussels, 29 May]

Author: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

The exhibition will feature...the artistic work of German sculptress Nele Ströbel, who travelled to one of the world’s biggest graveyards of ships in Chittagong, on the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh...[and] the striking pictures which French...

Read more

Story
21 May 2013

Signal Intl. faces new US lawsuit filed by immigrant workers alleging company trafficked them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards

See full story

Article
23 May 2013

Controversial Shipbreaking Methods In South Asia Are Cause for Alarm

Author: Sangeeta Haindl, JustMeans

There are serious concerns about how the shipping industry is disposing of its toxic waste during the process of shipbreaking...[B]eaching...is the most controversial way to dismantle old ships because of its overall lack of containment of toxic waste...

Read more