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Maersk, a Danish shipping giant, is trying to lift safety and environmental standards at Indian yards. At Alang, a small town in Gujarat, on the western coast of India, it happens regularly. At roadside stalls on its outskirts.


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In that sense, container ships and other vessels are, right to the end, sad symbols of the abuses of globalization. Once a ship is destined for dismantling, it is considered to be hazardous waste under international law, specifically the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. At the European level, due to the ease by which ship owners have been circumventing existing waste laws, a new regulation on ship recycling was adopted. The majority of the deaths are caused by fires, falls from great heights, and workers being crushed by ship parts that come loose. Workers are often without protective equipment that reduces exposure. Almost all Swiss ships end their working years in such conditions, making Switzerland one of the biggest polluters in terms of the irresponsible management of its old ships. They work long hours, usually without labor contracts, and can take no holidays. Bhuddabhai would often lend them a helping hand on Sundays or before he left for the yards on his Honda motorcycle at 7. When Bhuddabhai had the accident at Honey Ship Breaking Yard, he was brought to the public hospital in Bhavnagar, a provincial town more than 50 kilometers from Alang. The omnipresence of impressive images of ocean-going giants on Asian beaches could give the impression that the yards are quite accessible. However, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform reports that, in terms of the number of ships scrapped on South Asian beaches, Switzerland rises in the ranking. But according to the Indian Supreme Court, the incidence of fatal accidents in shipbreaking two in every workers is higher than that in mining 0. And that is why European ship owners should bear their share of responsibility and encourage the necessary investments by accepting lower prices for their vessels, or by engaging in the longer term with recycling companies. As in other sensitive sectors, the human and environmental costs of such practices are paid by poor countries. Many vessels are dismantled in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where labour and environmental conditions are even worse than at Alang. But a pension for the widow, Bansal says, will not be provided. Bhuddabhai's tragic story evokes the threat to the lives of so many others; tens of thousands of men who, to support themselves and their families, dismantle ships with little or no protection on the beaches of South Asia. None of the workers were wearing safety belts. Due to the fact that a vessel becomes waste only when the intent to dispose of it is evident, to escape the Basel regime it is sufficient for ship owners to hide their true intentions from the authorities of the exporting state - the state from where the vessel leaves for its final voyage to the scrap yard. The shipbreaking yards prevent trade unions from organizing the workers. According to data published by the Brussels-based international NGO Shipbreaking Platform , every year around ships are scrapped, and 65 to 75 percent of them end up on one of the three breaking beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Whereas Mediterranean Shipping Co. The names of the companies involved are on the record, but receive little publicity: Atlanship S. That makes one wonder: what is it that needs to be hidden? But the ship owners dump the responsibility on the recyclers. There is a small, bed clinic run by the Indian Red Cross and the Alang Hospital, which has 20 beds, but these do not have the equipment to deal with serious injuries. Correctly paid overtime. Leela aims to be better than the others in social and ecological terms, but that does not come for free. Health and accident insurance for everyone. Of the 90 Swiss-owned vessels scrapped on South Asian beaches in the last ten years, a stunning 80 belonged to MSC, the second-biggest container shipping company in the world. MSC is well known among cruise lovers, most people have never heard of the other shipping companies, most of which are domiciled on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is amongst the most dangerous of occupations, with unacceptably high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related diseases. The incredible impact of falling tons of steel combined with the process of cutting steel using very high-temperature gas flames causes often-toxic paints to be released into the sea and soil. Driving into Alang, a big blue banner welcomes visitors to the Alang-Sosiya Ship Recycling Yard, but it soon becomes clear that the welcome is conditional. The environmental consequences are also dramatic. Today, they are famous — or rather infamous — because shipbreaking yards are now taking up kilometers of beaches along the Gulf of Khambhat, where the Arabian Sea cuts deep into the state of Gujarat. A sheet of steel, which was half cut out of the hull of the vessel Plata Glory, fell down. Questioned on this point, Dr Geetanjoy Sahu, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, complains about the dire lack of research into the state of fish populations, groundwater, air quality and noise pollution in the region. The Commission also refers to a previous study, published in , that found that mercury levels in Alang were 15, percent higher than at a control site, and 16, percent higher for petroleum hydrocarbons. Click on the images below to discover the legal framework's weaknesses and how ship owners use loopholes to circumvent legislation. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of developing slow-progressing but fatal diseases, which may not become apparent until many years after exposure. The resulting Hong Kong Convention HKC on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships is not expected to enter into force before many years, since, to date, it has been ratified only by six countries. In Chittagong, at least 15 workers were killed in , while at least 22 suffered severe injuries. The researchers also detected the presence of certain bacteria at high levels. Swiss companies are among those who save a lot of money that way. On 4 August , the MSC Jessica caught fire while it was being disassembled on a beach in Alang, resulting in the deaths of six workers. As of today, we decline to take part in your research. What interests need to be protected so desperately? According to our calculations and based on a variety of industry sources, ninety Swiss-owned vessels ended up on beaches in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan between and today. These shores have thus become boat cemeteries. But other yards would compensate such a tragic loss with They can enforce European standards and should invest, for instance, in waste-collection facilities. The more unscrupulous companies have their ships scrapped on South Asian beaches, where they poison the waters and endanger the wreckers. It wasn't a particularly well-paid job, but it certainly made a better living than the farm work his father and younger brother Rajabhai did. The procedure can take months, or even longer, and in the rare instances where permission is granted it comes with many restrictions that limit access. We wanted to know specifically whether MSC could confirm that all these requirements are fulfilled by the yards in Alang used by that company. Adequate hospital capacity. Provisional figures for indicate that 19 workers have lost their lives, the highest number in the past nine years. Not having this green light from Gandhinagar, we were stopped at our first attempt to visit Alang. Although it has no access to the sea, Switzerland is home to big companies specializing in maritime chartering. Even less well known is the sad fact that the Swiss shipping sector also has a poor track record regarding the dismantling business in South Asia. These infrastructures are completely insufficient to meet the needs of almost yards in Alang, on which 15, to 30, workers dismantle huge ships under extreme conditions, risking their limbs and lives. The real reasons why huge ships end up on the beaches of Alang are their steel hulls and frames. The numbers given vary with each interview, and official statistics are not available, since most labor is informal anyway. We visited Alang only a few days later, and the exact circumstances of the accident were still murky when we spoke to his family. The Basel Convention, ratified by countries, remains the only international legislation in force that aims at protecting developing countries from the dumping of toxic ships. But after it became clear that the ship was too damaged to be towed even the relatively short distance to Alang, Indian authorities ordered that it be sunk outside of Indian territorial waters.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} The road to Alang is lined with shops and warehouses selling items that come from ships that used to sail across oceans: oak desks, faux crystal chandeliers, life vests and lifeboats, ropes, electric cables and switches, leather chairs, paintings, giant generators and motors — just about anything you can name. This is ship recycling in its most literal sense, even though these commodities are in reality no more than surplus products. And that the day before another worker died while disassembling the Indian-owned Peri at the Golden Iron Works yard. On that day, Bhuddabhai took, for the last time, the dusty road from his home to the Honey Ship Breaking Yard. Still, the shipping industry has exploited loopholes in the Basel regime and opted for the more profitable breaking of ships on South Asian beaches. Added to the immense pain of having lost her husband and the father of her three children is the destitution, more desperate than anything she has known so far. Steel is where the real profits are to be made. Bhuddabhai was On August 31 , as on every other working day, he woke up around six in the morning, when the first light penetrates the darkness and ends the silence in his village. The beach at Alang is where the business practices of MSC and the destiny of Bhuddabhai converge, although with a time lag. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}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 and the environment. You can read more on this story below. As in Alang, many of the shipbreaking workers in Chittagong are internal migrants who live in unsanitary accommodation. Nor do they engage in collective bargaining at company or sectoral level. Earlier this year, two workers died on the Zuma Enterprise yard; they were working on the MT EKTA, an oil tanker that, according to shipping databases, was sold to the breaker by the Swiss shipping company Navimar. The EU regulation sets higher standards than the HKC: the beaching method is not allowed and requirements related to downstream toxic waste management as well as labor rights are included. To better understand the conditions under which breakers work in Alang, we met Vidyadhar Rane, who is secretary-general of the union trying to organize workers there. Civil society has been joined by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics, European policy makers and developing countries in denouncing the HKC for setting low standards that would rubberstamp current dirty and dangerous practices on South Asian beaches. After a long effort to remove most of the containers from the ship, the MSC Chitra was sold to be scrapped in Alang. In June , the EU Directorate-General for the Environment published an overview of several studies , one of which clearly showed just how heavily the Alang—Sosiya natural environment has been polluted by copper, cobalt, manganese, lead, cadmium, nickel, zinc and mercury. This is not the case. His eight-year-old son and two daughters, aged six and four, were still sleeping, but his wife was already up and preparing their breakfast. It is relevant for ship dismantling as a ship, which usually contains hazardous materials within its structure, is considered hazardous waste when destined for breaking. It takes more than an hour to cover that distance on the narrow two-lane road, full of speed bumps, stray cows, trucks and dangerous traffic. In India, data from the Gujarat Industrial Safety and Health Department show that at least fatal accidents occurred in Alang between , the start of the local shipbreaking industry, and , indicates Dr Geetanjoy of the Tata Institute for Social Studies. Six years ago, Bhuddabhai had managed to get a job on the shipbreaking yards of Alang, situated about three kilometers from their house. His employer would later sell these items to the second-hand shops that line the road to Alang. What transpires is that a piece of the hull must have broken off unexpectedly, taking Bhuddabhai with it as well as Ali Ahmed, the gas cutter who was cutting through the steel on the ship's ninth floor to create an extra exit. We combined these three conditions to get closer to the breaking yards. And, of course, they could start with cleaning out their ships of all the toxic materials before they even send them to South Asia. Paid holidays.