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.

Another worker died in a ship breaking yard

Today, on 3rd december’20, another worker died in one of the infamous ship breaking yards, MA Ship breaking, in Sitakund, Chattagram. The name of the dead worker was Mahfuz (35), who was working in the yard as cutter helper. The accident took place when he fell from height of the ship cause of the broken railing of an scrap ship, MV NINGBO (IMO 8801022), for dismantling. It was mentioned by several sources that the worker were not having any safety …Read More

YPSA Safety First Cycle Rally

YPSA organized a cycle rally, on 27th November, 2020, on the safety awareness and personal protection in the ship breaking yards and in all sort of the society including all other factories in sitakund coastal area, Chattagram. Thy cycle rally was moved around almost 30 KM of the Dhaka-Chattagram highway, participated by 40 skilled cyclist, started from the city gate area of Chattagram. On the way of the cycle rally, a meeting was also arranged during the cycle rally on …Read More

The yard owners should be motivated for safer and green ship breaking practices

YPSA Coordinator Muhammed Ali Shahin recently commented to The Business Standard, a national level newspaper in Bangladesh, where he mentioned: “Deaths at the ship-breaking yards are negatively impacting this industry in Bangladesh,” “Investment funding of crores of Taka is also a significant barrier for the yard owners to ensure their yards as safer and environment friendly. Besides, it takes around two-three years to build a green yard and the facility also needs international certification. “So, the yard owners should be …Read More

Emergency food distribution for 5000 shipbreaking workers and families for one month

YPSA, an organization for sustainable development, has provided food assistance to 5,000 unemployed workers and poor families of shipbreaking industry. These food items were distributed in packets among the unemployed workers and poor families of shipbreaking factories in 10 unions and 1 municipality of the Sitakund upazilla of Chattogram in July, 2020. Each packet weighing about 35 KG was given rice, pulses, potatoes, and onion, salt, oil, soap and vitamin capsules. Local Union Parishad chairmen took part in the distribution …Read More

Accidents kept happening in the ship breaking yards

Today, on 3rd december’20, another worker died in one of the infamous ship breaking yards, MA Ship breaking, in Sitakund, Chattagram. The name of the dead worker was Mahfuz (35), who was working in the yard as cutter helper. The accident took place by falling from height as the worker were not having any safety belt with him while he was working inside the ship. The local department of inspection for factories and establishments (DIFE) said, that they will do …Read More

World day against child labour

END CHILD LABOUR While important achievements continue to be made in the fight against child labour in Bangladesh, some 1.2 million children are still trapped in its worst forms, according to the latest National Child Labour Survey report, published in 2015. YPSA expresses it solidarity with the day. YPSA considers that as a result of continuous advocacy, the Government of Bangladesh ratified the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No.182) on March 12th, 2001. National legislation …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…

Research Reports

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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.