Another blaze injures seven at the world’s most dangerous shipping destination

The world’s most dangerous shipping destination has suffered another accident. Gadani, Pakistan’s main shipbreaking area, is reeling from another blaze inside a beached tanker, which injured seven workers on Sunday, with three now in a critical condition at a hospital in Karachi.

Officials had only recently readmitted tankers to be scrapped following a spate of accidents in Gadani, most notably a massive fire two years ago, which started from a welder’s spark, and killed 23 people.

Accidents at Gadani have continued ever since, with three fires reported in the last two months alone.


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. Sam,

    The heading is misleading.

    Pakistan may not be the safest “ship recycling destination”, but certainly, with more than 80pct (or even more) of Pakistan’s trade bwing by sea and therefore its contribution towards generating demand for world sea trade, it is amongst the top shipping destinations of the world.

    Ship recycling is an evolving industry and Pakistan must improve its ship recycling standards.

  2. Only lately has the number of accidents risen in Gadani. Given the number of tankers recycled, size of its yards and the level of mechanization , Pakistan has been infact the safest ship recycling destination in the world.

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