NGO: This many ships were beached in the first quarter

In the first quarter, 262 large commercial vessels were sold for recycling and over half of them wound up on the beaches of Southeast Asia, according to calculations from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.

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Many ships continue to end their lives in Southeast Asia, according to calculations on the recycling of vessels in the first quarter of 2015. According to Brussels-based NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 262 large commercial vessels have been sold for recycling this year so far, and 151 of these landed on the beaches of Southeast Asia. The majority in Alang and Mumbai in India, 69 vessels. And to the area of Chittagong in Bangladesh, where 66 vessels ended up.

All in all, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan accounted for 58 percent of the vessels scrapped in the first quarter, writes the NGO, which works to secure improved working conditions at the recycling facilities, where most places tend to bend safety requirements, while the environment is also impacted negatively by the far from sustainable recycling conditions. In addition, more ships were scrapped in China and Turkey, where conditions are far better.

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