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NGO exposes shipping companies' scrapping in Asia

2,600 ships have been scrapped in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan since 2009. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is now publishing the names of of the ships that have been sold for scrapping under questionable conditions on the beaches of South Asia since then.

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The environmental organization NGO Shipbreaking Platform launched a website on Thursday, www.offthebeach.org, listing all the ships sold for scrapping on the beaches of South Asia since 2009. The list features more than 1,000 shipping companies some of which have made solid business from selling their ships to scrapping in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, says the organization in a press release.

NGO Shipbreaking Platform, based in Brussels, states that it's well-documented that scrapping performed on South Asian beaches causes labour rights violations and severe environmental degradation. The new database will form the backbone of the organization's "Off the Beach" campaign, which aims to create awareness about the issue in order to promote safer, more environmental scrapping.

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