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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a global coalition of organisations working to reverse the environmental harm and human rights abuses caused by current shipbreaking practices and to ensure the safe and environmentally sound dismantling of end-of-life ships worldwide.

Just as the goods they transport, ships too become waste when they reach the end of their operational lives. Yet only a fraction is handled in a safe and clean manner. The vast majority of the world's end-of-life fleet, full of toxic substances, is simply broken down - by hand - on the beaches of South Asia. There, unscrupulous shipping companies exploit minimal enforcement of environmental and safety rules to maximise profits.

Ship owners from East Asia and Europe top the list of dumpers that sell ships for breaking on South Asian beaches.

In Bangladesh, India and Pakistan ships are broken apart directly on the beach instead of in an industrial site: a practice known as "beaching".


Since 2009:




The Toxic Tide – 2020 Shipbreaking Records

2020 shipbreaking records: most shipping companies continue to opt for the highest price at the worst scrapping yards.

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Where ships go to die – Winner of the Public Eye Investigation Award

Decommissioned deep-sea vessels are floating toxic waste. Their disposal is laborious and costly, and regarded as a menace by those who want to protect both the workers… Read More

Maersk’s toxic trade: the North Sea Producer case

In August 2016 the FPSO NORTH SEA PRODUCER was beached in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The ship was allowed to leave the UK based on false claims that it… Read More

The controversial case of the Harrier: holding business to account

It all started with an anonymous letter informing us that the EIDE CARRIER was sold for scrap. Having been laid up for many years on the Norwegian… Read More


Aliaga, Jul 27th 2021

Press Release – Two workers die while scrapping cruise ship in Turkey  

Yet another fatal accident recently took place at the ship recycling yards of Aliağa, Turkey. On 12 July, Yılmaz Demir (55 years old) and Oğuz Taşkın (30 years… Read More

Brussels, Jul 20th 2021

Press Release – Belgian Public Prosecutor appeals acquittal of CMB’s subsidiary Bocimar NV

On 25 June, the Court of Antwerp dismissed the charges pressed against ship owner Bocimar NV for the scrapping of a vessel in a Bangladeshi yard where… Read More

Brussels, Jun 23rd 2021

Press Release – Sale of asbestos-laden aircraft carrier São Paulo raises concerns

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Basel Action Network (BAN), BAN Asbestos France, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), İstanbul Isig Meclisi and Brazilian ABREA have alerted the Turkish Ministry… Read More

Brussels, May 31st 2021

Press Release – Pakistani workers poisoned during scrapping of infamous mercury-laden tanker

The tanker J. NAT has been beached on the shipbreaking shores of Gadani, Pakistan despite clear warnings by Interpol and international civil society groups that the vessel contains high levels of toxics. 

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Brussels, Apr 28th 2021

Platform publishes South Asia Quarterly Update #25

Nine workers suffered an accident on South Asian beaches in the first quarter of 2021.

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Brussels, Mar 26th 2021

Press Release – NGOs call upon authorities to sanction illegal exports of cruises

At least three passenger ships have been illegally sold for scrapping on the beaches of South Asia in the last months. 

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Aliaga, Feb 09th 2021

Press Release – Turkish EU-listed yards shaken by two fatal accidents

In the last four months, the Turkish ship recycling industry has been hit by two serious accidents.

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Brussels, Feb 02nd 2021

Press Release – Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2020

630 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrap yards in 2020. Of these vessels, 446 were broken down on South Asian beaches, amounting to near 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally.

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