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.

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

Ship Recycling Market in Dire Straits: Hellenic Shipping News

The ship recycling market has remained in a difficult state with very few demolition candidates. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “there was more upheaval to report this week, this time coming from Bangladesh, where despite price levels showing signs of improving, the Bangladeshi Government introduced new restrictions to limit the outgoing volume of U.S. Dollars for ‘essential’ purchases only. This will now pose serious questions concerning these improved levels for any available tonnage in …Read More

YPSA provided food assistance to 10,000 Shipbreaking workers and disadvantaged groups

YPSA, an organization for sustainable development, has provided food assistance to 10,000 workers and disadvantaged groups in the Sitakund area. Each packet weighing about 28 KG was given rice, pulses, potatoes, salt, oil, soap, and detergent powder. Local Union Parishad chairmen took part in the distribution of these food items. YPSA distributed the food in coordination with the Shipbreaking owner’s association and the local government bodies. This time, the owners have supported the initiative. YPSA provided the food packets for …Read More

Explosion killed another Shipbreaking worker after five days of the injury

One of the severely burned workers, died today on 16th Aoril’2021, who had faced fire accident and suffered burn injuries in an explosion at Jamuna Shipbreakers in Chattogram’s Sitakunda, while undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Burn Institute in Dhaka. The deceased was identified as Md Jihad (18), hailing from Sonaichori of Sitakunda upazila. The hospital confirmed about his death at 3.00 PM in the hospital. The accident took place in the yard on April 11 and the eye witness …Read More

Worker died in RA Shipbreaking yard

Another shipbreaking worker, foreman, died by an accident while an iron sheet fell on him at RA Shipbreaking Yard in Chattogram’s Sitakunda upazila on 13th April, 2021. The deceased was identified as Ataur Rahman (45), son of Shomser Ali of Kurigram, reports our staff correspondent quoting Abdullah Al Sakib Mubarrat, deputy inspector general of Directorate of Factory Inspection. Ataur was severely injured after a solid piece of iron sheet fell on him last night, the official said. He died from …Read More

Safety First Boat Rally

Safety FIrst Boat Rally to Raise Safety Awareness in Ship Recycling industry. Ship Recycling Industry is one of the most accident prone industries in Bangladesh. As most of the recyclers do not tend to maintain proper safety measures, the death toll in the industry counts 15 to 20 on average every year. In a bid to raise safety awareness Sustainable development organisation YPSA organised a boat rally titled as Safety First on Sitakund Channel alongside the ship recycling yards on …Read More


দৈত্যের মতো বড় জাহাজগুলোর আশি ভাগের মৃত্যু হয় বাংলাদেশসহ দক্ষিণ এশীয় উপকূলগুলোতে। এই মৃত্যুতে আছে আর্থিক লাভ। তবে আছে মারাত্মক পরিবেশ ও স্বাস্থ্যঝুঁকিও। (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.