Ship recycling – EU draft regulations spell hope for a growing controversy

The majority of the world’s surplus shipping is recycled in facilities in South Asia, where health and safety rules are lax, and few environmental safeguards are in place.



  • Ship breaking and recycling at Gadani, Pakistan.
  • one in five South Asian ship workers is said to be under 15.
  • Where ships go to die
  • hazardous materials, including asbestos, PCBs and tributyl tin.
  • Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General
  • ship breaking