NGO: Two Workers Killed, Five Severely Injured in Explosion at Chittagong Shipbreaking Yard

Two yard workers have died and five others were severely injured this morning in a major explosion on board beached vessel at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, according to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. The Platform said the blast took place during torch-cutting on board the vessel Bunga Kelana 4, which is being dismantled at the Mahinur Ship Breaking yard, … [Read more...]

NGO Shipbreaking Platform Counts 142 Ships Sent to South Asia Beaches in First Three Months of 2019

There were a total of 181 ships scrapped in the first quarter of 2019, including 142 ships broken up in South Asia using the controversial beaching method, according to the latest figures released by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Between January and March, the group counted three worker deaths and four severely injured at yards in Bangladesh. There were no severe accidents … [Read more...]

Norway Wealth Fund Turns Spotlight on India Shipbreaking

By Gwladys Fouche OSLO, March 13 (Reuters) - The ethics watchdog for Norway's $1-trillion wealth fund will focus this year on shipbreaking on India's beaches, which endangers workers and pollutes the sea and sand, and will also look into pollution caused by pharmaceutical companies. The world's largest sovereign wealth fund, created from the proceeds of Norway's oil … [Read more...]

Two Workers Killed Scrapping Tanker in Chittagong

Two workers were killed Monday in a fire that started in the engine room of an end-of-life tanker being dismantled at a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has confirmed. Local media reports that the incident took place around 10:15 a.m. local time at the Shagorika Ship Breaking Yard on Monday. The vessel being dismantled has been … [Read more...]

Turkey Ratifies Hong Kong Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Shipbreaking

Turkey has ratified the IMO Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships, becoming the first of the five major shipbreaking nations to ratify the treaty. The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, which is aimed at ensuring that ships sent for scrap do not pose a risk to human … [Read more...]