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.

YPSA organized a cycling rally to raise awareness and safeguard the safety of the shipbreaking yard in Sitakund.

YPSA organized a cycle rally from Faujdarhat ship recycling yard area to Akilpur ship recycling yard with the participation of volunteers on Friday June 14. Volunteers cycle through the entire shipbreaking area. Volunteers distributed 10 different types of sub-standard yard safety posters and festoons and spoke to yard caretakers, managers and explained the benefits of development of green yards. The volunteers also met various yard officers and explained how to properly manage their waste. The rally draws public attention to …Read More

YPSA Organized Fire safety training and Fire Drill to enhance fire safety skills of shipbreaking workers

A fire safety training and drill was held at SN Corporation Ship Recycling Yard, a green yard, in Shitalpur area of Sitdakunda upazila in Chattogram on Thursday, May 16. Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), an organization for sustainable development, organized the training program to develop the skills of the workers Sitakunda Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) K.M. Rafiqul Islam addressed the inaugural ceremony of the program as chief guest. Chaired by YPSA Coordinator Mohammad Ali Shahin, the program was also …Read More

May Day 2024 celebrated by YPSA

Workers-owners will build the country, Bangladesh will be smart Keeping this theme in mind today on 1st May organization for sustainable development organized a colorful rally from Phultala Bazar area of ​​Bar Aulia in Sitakunda and discussion meeting with the participation of workers of various industries and local people from all walks of life. YPSA Coordinator Mohammad Ali Shahin was present as the chief guest in the meeting. He said, Bangladesh’s long-term action plans to ensure labor rights and safe …Read More

DIFE and YPSA jointly celebrate the National Occupational Health and Safety Day 2024

The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) and YPSA jointly celebrate the National Occupational Health and Safety Day 2024 in Chattogram on Sunday. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Healthy Workers, Beautiful Work Environment, Building a Smart Bangladesh.” The program was held at the Chattogram Zila Shilpokola Academy. The chief guest of the event was Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Md. Sadi Ur Rahim Javed, who represented the Divisional Commissioner. The special guests included Md. Giyas …Read More

US Ambassador Peter D. Haas Tours YPSA Safety First Center

Peter D. Haas, United States ambassador to Bangladesh, visited YPSA’s Safety First Center in Chattogram on  April 23. The Ambassador’s visit aimed to learn about YPSA’s various activities for improving the ship recycling industry. He was accompanied by Mr. Stephen Ibelli, Public Affairs Officer, Ms. Asha Beh, Information Officer, and Media Coordinator Mr. Tariqul Islam Nahin. YPSA Chief Executive Mr. Md. Arifur Rahman and Coordinator Muhammed Ali Shahin welcomed the Ambassador to the center. This is the first time an …Read More

The Challenges to be Green Ship Recycling Yard in Bangladesh : YPSA Round Table Meeting

Bangladesh’s ship recycling industry dismantles hundreds of scrap ships every year. The industry not only employs thousands of people but also provides revenue worth Tk. 1000-1500 crore to the government. Despite the improvement in safety and compliance, the industry witnessed the lowest imports of scrap ships in a decade. In this context, immediate government assistance has become essential to recover the sector from collapsing. Speakers at a roundtable emphasized this on Thursday afternoon. The non-governmental Development Organization YPSA, in collaboration …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.