Shipping

  • Amongst footloose workers

    Amongst footloose workers

    Reminiscences from a visit to Alang about 10 years back

  • IN FOCUS

    The ministry of environment and forests has barred entry to ships that carry hazardous wastes, like polychlorinated biphenyl, which are banned under the Basel Convention. The decision has been taken

  • No more baits

    No more baits

    The Taiwanese government has announced that it will dismantle 120 tuna longline vessels, about five per cent of its fleet. Environmentalists praised this reduction as a boon for marine animals

  • In Short

    green flag to blue lady: The Supreme Court, on June 5, 2006, gave the green light to the French cruise liner S S Norway, a k a Blue Lady, to enter Indian territorial waters and permitted it to

  • In Short

    kandla mishap: 15 labourers were killed on June 29, 2006, at the Kandla port in Gujarat, when a Cyprus flag ship M V Pontonostos collided with the Anchor Handling Barge. The accident occurred in

  • Chicalim villagers in Goa have their say, their way

    on november 26, 2006, nearly 1,000 villagers of Chicalim, a village on the banks of the Zuari river in Goa, gathered for an unprecedented third gram sabha to vote against the Bharati Shipyard

  • Cost of living

    Cost of living

    The shipbreakers of Alang are an exasperated lot. "As it is we are crippled by excise duty and competition. Then these Greenpeace activists make business tough for us. Shipbreaking falls under 32 government departments. How are we supposed to operate,' says R K Jain, operator of a ship breaking plot and an ancillary steel rolling mill in Alang.<br>

  • Affordable profit

    Affordable profit

    Le <i> Clemenceau</i> is undoubtedly big. It has dominated more than its fair share of media space. But it does deserve it. Not because of its scale or the fact that it is carrying asbestos, whether in its cargo or its structure.

  • Desperately seeking waste

    By the time you read this, the decision would have been taken: to allow or not to allow the French warship Le Clemenceau into India, so that it can be dismantled with unknown quantities of toxic

  • Ship breaking

    Ship breaking

    <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Ship breaking</strong></span></p> <p><object height="398" width="530"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3Dship%2Bbreaking%26w%3D40105063%2540N03&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3Dship%2Bbreaking%26w%3D40105063%2540N03&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=ship+breaking&amp;api_tag_mode=bool&amp;api_user_id=40105063%40N03&amp;api_safe_search=3&amp;api_content_type=7&amp;api_media=all&amp;api_sort=relevance&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3Dship%2Bbreaking%26w%3D40105063%2540N03&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3Dship%2Bbreaking%26w%3D40105063%2540N03&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=ship+breaking&amp;api_tag_mode=bool&amp;api_user_id=40105063%40N03&amp;api_safe_search=3&amp;api_content_type=7&amp;api_media=all&amp;api_sort=relevance&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" height="398" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=109615" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="530"></embed></object></p> <p>Until the 1960s, ship breaking was considered a highly mechanized operation, concentrated in industrialized countries, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Over the years it has gravitated toward countries with low labor costs, weak regulations on occupational safety, and limited environmental enforcement. Currently, the global center of the ship breaking and recycling industry is located in South Asia, specifically Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. These three countries account for 70&ndash;80 percent of the international market for ship breaking of ocean-going vessels.</p>

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