Ship Breaking in Bangladesh

YES TO SHIP BREAKING - NO TO RIGHTS VIOLATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

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.

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

Ship breaking worker died in KSRM owned yard

Another worker died, on 25th December’20 (Friday)  in Khawja Ship breaking yard, which is owned by KSRM, in Sitakund upazilla, Chattagram. The worker died by falling from height inside a ship in the yard. The victim is identified as Md Ibrahim (36) of Raninagar of Naogaon district. Including this, there are 10 workers died in this year in different incidents and accidents in different yards. The name of the ship dismantling in the yard is MV. Hermes (IMO 9060326).

YPSA observed World Human Rights Day’2020

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day’2020, the sustainable organization, YPSA, has arranged a candle light vigil remembering the dead workers of the shipbreaking yards where the workers, representatives from different civil society organizations, family of the dead and injured workers, volunteers have joined and expressed their solidarity. After the Press conference a candle light vigil was arranged in remembrance of the dead workers and appealing for the safety in all the yards. The event was also attended by …Read More

YPSA appealed for safety in all ship breaking yards and provided recommendations for the Rules to be set by the government

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day’2020, the sustainable organization, YPSA, has arranged a press conference appealing for safety in all the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh and provided several recommendations for the news rules to be set by the government. The organization also arranged a candle light vigil remembering the dead workers of the shipbreaking yards where the workers, representatives from different civil society organizations, family of the dead and injured workers, volunteers have joined and expressed their solidarity. …Read More

Videos

Dangerous and Deadly Work: The Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard. A Report by Gönna Ketels. More Journal Reporters: http://www.dw.de/program/journal/s-32…

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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.