Ship Breaking in Bangladesh


Ship Breaking or ship recycling is the process of dismantling an obsolete vessel’s structure for scrapping or disposal, conducted on a dismantling yard. It involves a wide range of activities from removing all the gear and equipment that are on the ships to cutting down and recycling the ship’s infrastructure. Ship breaking is a challenging process, due to the structural complexity of the ships and the environmental, safety and health issues involved.
Colorfull Rally

YPSA Celebrated World Environment Day, 2019

YPSA celebrated world environment day on 5th June’19 organizing huge colorful rally and demonstration at Press club area, Chattagram. The event was participated by the representatives from different parts of the society. There were about 200 participants. Honorable DC of Chattogram Md. Eleyas Hossain, Police Commissioner, DIG of DIFE Md. Al-Amin Hossain, DIG of labor ministry of Chattogram Md. Gias Uddin and different government- non government organization was attend this program.

YPSA celebrates National Day on Occupational Safety and Health’ 2018

“Bangladesh is now in an irresistible step toward achieving sustainable development goal. The workers-owners both will have to contribute to this initiative together. For the sake of development of the country, keeping all the disagreements aside, the country’s industries and factories have to be enriched.” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mohammad Habibur Rahman while he was present as the chief guest in an occasion of National Day on Occupational Safety and Health’ 2018 organized by Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments with support of …Read More

Legal compliance and international standard should be maintained in the Ship breaking yards

YPSA formed a human chain in front of the Chittagong Press Club on Sunday to protest unregulated and unsafe situation of the most deprived shipbreaking workers. Environmental activists, members of professional bodies, leaders of trade unions and some yard workers joined the programme. The special guest of the event were Mr. Nazim Uddin, Join t Secretary, Ship breaking worker’s trade union forum (SWTUF), Mr, Rizwanur Rahman Khan, Trade Unionist, Mr. Pahari Vattachariya, Mr. Shohidul Islam, Shipbreaking Shilpo Protishtan Sromik Kormochari …Read More

Inaugural of vocational training for working children in hazardous job

Inaugural session of a six-week vocational training for the working children in hazardous job was organized on 29th November at Br. Flavian Technical School Chittagong, CARITAS where 37 children have joined in two batches. 19 children are participating in the trade of Electrical and House Wearing and 18 other children joined in the trade of Motor cycle repair and maintenance.  The vocational training is under the project titled as Securing Better Future for the Working Children in Ship Breaking Yard, which is funded by IHC MERWEDE Foundation …Read More

4 killed and three others injured by toxic gas

Four workers were killed and three others injured when a gas cylinder exploded at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda of Chittagong on April 3, 2014. The incident happened when the victims were dismantling a scrap ship. All the four died from inhaling carbon dioxide. With this, the death toll over the last two years at ship-breaking yards in the port city rose to 44. Since February 2012, at least 35 accidents have taken place, leaving dozens of ship-breaking workers wounded. …Read More

Two illegal ship-breaking yards evicted after five years

A joint team of district administration and forest department on 24 February 2014 evicted two ship breaking yards which were set up by destroying coastal forest in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong five years back. SK Steel and SK Ship Breaking and Recycling were able to lease the land illegally in 2009, chopped down thousands of mangrove trees and started importing old ships for breaking on the beach. On 6 October 2013, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh declared the yards illegal, …Read More


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Logo of YPSA YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) is a non-profit organization for sustainable development started in 1985 (UN International Youth Year). YPSA is registered with the different departments of the people’s republic of Bangladesh. YPSA has been implementing various development programs as per the community needs , monitor and advocate the issues related to ship braking industries. From 1997 YPSA tries to obtain improved working conditions at ship breaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh. YPSA organized social campaign program to raise the voice of the mass people about ensuring of the workers’ rights and save the environment and ecology from the pollution that generated from the unsafe and uncontrolled ship breaking practices. YPSA has also been implementing regular policy advocacy to influence the policy makers for taking necessary measures and formulate policy and strategy to conduct ship breaking in a safe and environment friendly way.