Brazil takes steps against substandard Asian shipbreakers

Brazil’s federal environmental watchdog Ibama is taking measures to ensure the nation’s big exporters do not offload their older ships to unsafe ship recyclers in south Asia.

A legal framework is being put in place whereby the likes of Vale and Petrobras will no longer be able to sell their ships for scrap to yards deemed not safe or green by Ibama. Companies could be fined around $3m if they are found to have sent their ships to substandard breaking yards under new laws being set up in the Latin American nation.

Ibama was forced into action after being lobbied earlier this year by NGO Shipbreaking Platform and subsequently Sindmar, Brazil’s maritime trade union.

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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