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.

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

Worker severely injured in one of the prime yards

A worker was severely injured in a yard called Taher Ship breaking and Ship recycling industry on last Sunday afternoon around 5 pm, 6th December 2020, while he was hit a heavy iron piece on his right leg. The worker taken to a local private clinic in Sitakund and later admitted to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) for a surgery. The department of inspection for factories and establishments (DIFE) confirmed about the accident and mentioned that they have instructed …Read More

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

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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.