|Shipbreaking yard in Chittagong.|
Photo courtesy: Tridib Ghose. October 2009
Rights activists had urged the court to reinstate a year-long ban on
’s $1.5bn ship scrap industry, saying its activities remained too dangerous for workers and too costly for the environment. The ban was lifted in March. Bangladesh
“The court allowed for importing and dismantling of old ships that ensures the safety and security of both workers and environment,” Captain Salah Uddin, an adviser of the ship-breakers association told Reuters.
“Now the government has more time to do a draft and that has to be submitted to the court and the court will examine it.”
The court ordered the ministry of industry to draft new regulations for importing old ships, and a government committee to monitor the industry to ensure compliance.
Scrapped ships are the main source of steel for
, which requires around 4mn tonnes each year. Bangladesh
Maritime recycling yards in the Indian subcontinent and
could see a boom that could run until 2013 as ship owners rush to get rid of ageing vessels, driven by an oversupplied freight market, low shipping rates and high steel prices. China
Source: Maritime Connector. 26 July 2011