Poor Ship-Recycling Practices are Poisoning Asian Beaches

In 2012 more than 1300 ocean-going ships were sold for breaking. Only a minority of these end-of-life vessels were handled in a safe, sustainable manner. About two thirds of the ships were simply run ashore on tidal beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. This article takes a look at how ship recycling can become cleaner and safer.

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Shipbreakers in Pakistan

Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal.

Ship’s Deck Iron Rubble Crushes Shipbreakers in Pakistan

A few days ago three labourers were killed while working in the Gadani ship-breaking yard on the Balochistan coast. Several labourers were working in the ship-breaking yard, about 50 kilometres northwest of Karachi, when heavy iron rubble from a ship’s deck fell on them, killing three of them on the spot and injuring several others. The labourers were immediately shifted to Karachi.

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