Conditions at Indian ship recycling yards in Alang remain unsafe in spite of improvements. There are too few hospital beds and workers live in the slums without clean water to drink, says union ASSRGWA, which organizes one in four workers in Alang, in an interview with ShippingWatch.
BY LOUISE VOGDRUP-SCHMIDT
Five days ago, on September 29th, a worker was killed in Alang. The man, who worked at the yard on scrapping lot number 107, fell while working on the dismantling of a vessel and was killed in the fall.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations echoes the criticism from national associations regarding the Norwegian law proposal on seafarers’ pay and working conditions. The proposed law seems to overstep several international laws, according to the organization.
The Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain chaos have made Türkiye a more attractive site of production, prompting hectic activity for freight forwarders and carriers: ”Our customers are investing heavily in equipment,” says DFDS head to ShippingWatch.
Shippers and carriers are increasingly moving ships away from Californian ports, which are having problems with container pile-ups and looming strikes. This means that the title of busiest port in the US has moved eastward.