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Maersk: We lose 1 mil. USD per ship by scrapping properly

Maersk is, with its 270 owned ships, only named on the list of “Good companies” on www.offthebeach.org. Several Maersk competitors are among those who scrap their ships on the beaches of India or Bangladesh.

The Bruxelles-based NGO Shipbreaking Platform receives praise by the Maersk Group for having published the site www.offthebeach.org on which everyone can see which shipping companies and ships that, according to the NGO, have engaged in irresponsible scrapping on the beaches of Asia since 2009.

Maersk alone has been assessed with its entire existing fleet of owned ships and has no ships in the column which lists scrapped ships, but several of the company’s competitors are listed. According to Maersk’s Head of Environment & Corporate Social Responsibility Jacob Sterling, no ships from the Maersk Group are scrapped on beaches as the company has clear policies that state scrapping must be carried out at approved yards. In Maersk’s case, the scrapping is done at yards in China which are ISO 14001 certified for scrapping.

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