NGO: Responsibility for scrapping should follow each ship

The Bruxelles-based NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which exposes shipping companies that scrap their ships on Asian beaches, believes that the shipowners must secure proper scrapping, even when their ship has been resold.

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Shipbreaking Platform believes that shipowners must make sure that their ships are properly scrapped, even when they have been resold, to prevent them from ending up on Asian beaches, the phenomenon known as beaching.

The organization has documented a case that involves Maersk Line reselling three container ships in 2011 to the Greek company Diana Shipping. First, the ships were sold, since chartered by Maersk again, and then earlier this year, they were found lying ready for scrapping on the Alang beach in India. Alang is perhaps the Asian breaking site that has received the most criticism among the sites in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, which are regularly under fire for being entirely unsafe for the employees.

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