“European Shipowners dumped 365 Toxic Ships on South Asian Beaches Last Year” press release shared by Mohit Gupta, Charter Member of GBAN for India.
On February 5, 2013 the NGO Shipbreaking Platform issued the press release entitled “European Shipowners dumped 365 Toxic Ships on South Asian Beaches Last Year.” Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said, “Despite the possibility of proper disposal in Europe or other developed countries, the vast majority of European shipping companies continue to profit by having their ships broken cheaply and dangerously on the beaches of South Asia. The EU must adopt mechanisms that will prevent European shipowners from exporting toxic ships for breaking in developing countries and instead recycle them according to the health, safety and environmental laws and standards of their own countries.”
The Platform’s 2012 list shows that most of the end-of-life ships sent by European shipowners did not fly an EU flag. In fact, 240 of them used what is commonly referred to as the “flags of convenience” phenomenon, using flags such as Panama, Liberia, the Bahamas or St Kitts-and-Nevis, which makes it more difficult for the EU to prevent their dismantling in substandard facilities. Read the full press release online at http://bit.ly/11JzsFT