Bangladesh recycling upgrade

Bangladesh is pushing ahead with a BTK120m ($1.5m) upgrade for all its shipbreaking yards at Sitakunda.

The Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation (NORAD) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) have extended financial and technical support so that the yards will have treatment storage disposal facilities. Vessels to clean up the surrounding sea as well as a new hospital are also planned.

Bangladesh has had to act fast as a number of shipowners, even whole national shipowner associations, have said they will boycott the nation’s yards until they improve their working practices.

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.
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