Shipbreaking Places

Shipbreaking is the scrapping and recycling of old ships under environmentally questionable (at best) conditions. There is big money around the world in it, and a large proportion of the currently active merchant navy fleet is already earmarked for scrapping.

Shipbreaking work is considered to be one the most hazardous jobs in the world. Besides the lack of basic occupational health & safety, hazardous substances such as oil, PCBs, dioxins and furans, asbestos, heavy metals and lots of others contaminate the environment.

The Google Maps below show some of the places I have found, I would be happy about hints that point me to other places so I can add them here.

A very good documentary about shipbreaking can be found here (link opens in new window).

The Shipbreakingplatform is a global NGO consisting of environmental, human and labour rights organisations. Its primary objective is to prevent toxic end-of-life ships from being beached and scrapped in developing countries.

According to the Shipbreaking Platform, the top 10 European “global dumpers” in 2011 (by owners, not by flags) were:

  • Greece (100 ships)
  • Norway (24 ships)
  • United Kingdom (13 ships)
  • The Netherlands (12 ships)
  • Germany (11 ships)
  • Italy (9 ships)
  • Cyprus and Switzerland (5 ships each )
  • Bulgaria, Denmark and Romania (4 ships each)
  • Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and Sweden (3 ships each)
  • Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia (1 ship each)

If you know of other shipbreaking places, please drop me a mail or comment on this page, and I will add it happily.

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Mumbai, India (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Gadani, Pakistan (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Chittagong, Bangladesh (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Alang, India (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Aliaga, Turkey (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

 


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Above: Ship Breaking in Jiangyin, China (link opens in same window, simply hit the ‘back’ button of your browser to return, or right-click and “open in new tab/window”)

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