Action plan presented in Bangladesh to improve shipping’s most dangerous profession

With the death toll at Bangladesh’s shipbreaking yards showing no sign of abating, a local trade union has presented the government with an urgent 10-point demand to improve safety in what is the most dangerous shipping-related profession on the planet.

The demands include investigating shipbreaking accidents and holding the yard owner accountable for their negligence, a set compensation for each deceased or injured worker and making safety gear mandatory at all yards and ensuring procedures are in place to make sure all flammable material is removed from vessels before they are taken apart.

More than 70 workers have died at Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards over the last three years, a figure that is even higher in Pakistan,

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. For making ship recycling safer a whole set of various measures is required. It is good to see that pressure for improvements is there and with proper understanding, planning, knowledge and with Hong Kong Convention as basis, the overall stuation could be improved significantly.

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