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NGO reports 80% of Shipbreaking done on beaches of Indian subcontinent

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MUMBAI (Scrap Register): NGO has blasted a shameful statistic which says that out of five ships send for scrap, four ships ended up on the beaches of Indian subcontinent.

According to data released by NGO shipbreaking platform, 835 large ocean going commercial vessel were sold to scrap yard in 2017 out of that 543 were broken down by hand on the tidal beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan amounting of 80.3 percent of all tonnage dismantled globally.

“The figures of 2017 are a sad testimony of the shipping industry's unwillingness to act responsibly. The reality is that yards with infrastructure fit for heavy and hazardous industry that ship recycling is, and that ensure safe working condition and containment of pollutants are not being used by ship owners” founder and director of shipbreaking Platform Ingvild Jenssen said.

“ It is particularly shameful that so many shipping companies scrap their vessel on the beaches. Their obvious lack of interest to ensure that shipbreaking workers around the world enjoy best available technologies, and that the environment is equally protected everywhere, clearly calls for additional pressure from authorities, ship clients and financers” she added.

In 2017, at least 10 workers lost their life at the shipbreaking yard on the beach of Gadani in Pakistan, the NGO also documented 15 deathin the Bangladesh yard last year, where also at least another 22 workers were seriously injured.

Whilst international and local NGOs were repeatedly denied access  to Indian shipbreaking yards, the platform was informed of at least eight fatal  accidents  in Alang in 2017.

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