Two workers have lost their lives in an accident at a shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh, writes NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The scrapped ship is Greek-owned and was reflagged prior its voyage to Bangladesh, the NGO informs.
Two yard workers were killed Monday during the scrapping of a Greek tanker vessel which caught on fire at the Chittagong beach in Bangladesh, reports Shipbreaking Platform. It is time for the Green government to intervene, says the NGO.
90 percent of the large vessels sent to be scrapped in 2018 were dismantled on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, according to Shipbreaking Platform. The highest number on record, says the NGO.
There is no need for the EU to approve new shipbreaking facilities at, for instance, India's controversial beaching shores to scrap the fleet of EU-flagged vessels at safe facilities, as there is plenty of capacity at the already cleared yards, say two NGOs.
One year after the worst-ever accident at a shipbreaking facility in Gadani, which killed 31 workers, a new fire erupted recently on the very same vessel. The industry has learned nothing from the fatal accidents last year, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
Workers pay the price when liquidators scrap vessels from bankrupt carriers on the beaches of South Asia, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform. One worker died during the scrapping of a Hanjin ship follow the carrier's bankruptcy.
Pakistan has introduced a temporary ban against scrapping oil tankers and LPG vessels at the shipbreaking facilities in Gadani. The move comes after the area was hit by two fatal accidents which cost numerous people their lives. Safety is too poor, says local chief minister.
The Maersk Group is now starting its ship scrapping at Alang with the first two vessels this month. The group is doing this to ensure improved conditions at the highly criticized scrapping beaches, says Maersk. Environmental NGOs are critical of Maersk's choice in Alang.
The world's largest cash buyer of end-of-life vessels, GMS, calls for the shipping industry to support the progress taking on, in particular, the scrapping beaches in Alang and the rest of Southeast Asia. "Naming and shaming," undermines improvements, notes the company.
As many as two thirds of all ships sold as scrap last year wound up at the controversial shipbreaking facilities in Southeast Asia. The development in 2015 illustrates that a vast majority of carriers are not reacting to massive public attention on the issue.
A new proposal for a scrapping license for all vessels calling in EU will likely be presented before long. Without such a mechanism, carriers will still easily be able to dodge responsible shipbreaking, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform.
An environmental organization is lashing out at Greek shipowners who were responsible for two thirds of all EU vessels that were sold for scrapping to the controversial shipbreaking beaches in Southeast Asia in the second quarter this year.
Som en af verdens største shippingnationer bør Grækenland tage et langt større ansvar for at sikre miljørigtig shipping og ikke mindst ophugning, mener NGO'er, der tidligere på ugen mødtes med Grækenlands shippingminister og miljøminister.
It is far too easy to circumvent the EU's new rules aimed at more responsible scrapping, says Shipbreaking Platform. Outflagging is often used, according to the NGO, which calls for more widespread initiatives on an EU level.