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Record number of ships scrapped on beaches in South Asia

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.

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518 of the world's large ocean-going vessels that were scrapped in 2018 wound up being dismantled on a beach in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, according to data from NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

The NGO notes that this corresponds to 90 percent of the combined tonnage of large ships scrapped last year. The total number of ocean-going ships scrapped globally last year came to 744.

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