Protect the Shipbreakers

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Shipbreaking is the process of dismantling a ship that has lost its seaworthiness. This industry is commonly found in developing countries. Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India are home to some of the largest shipbreaking yards in the world. These three countries have similar management issues they face daily: Education, Supply, Culture. Education is a factor that all three countries struggle with. The laborers in these yards lack the knowledge of hazards that are presented to them when dealing with deadly chemicals that affect their health and the environment negatively. Supplies such as protective gear and health facilities are essential to the laborers and are not provided. Due to the insufficient health facilities, there is a high injury and death toll in this industry. The culture these countries' shipbreaking yards is a culture that every industry should avoid. There is no enforcement of safety protocols and the unions' main concern is themselves. Better practices must be provided for these laborers such as comprehensive training, more health facilities on the yards, and greater enforcement on human rights and environmental laws.