Posted on February 19, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire in the engine room of a Greek tanker being scheduled for demolition cost two workers their lives and injured a third.
The incident occurred in the Shagorika Ship Breaking Yard, Chittagong, Bangladesh, at approximately 10:15 am local time, in the morning of February the 18th.
According to NGO Shipbreaking Platform, the vessel in question has been identified as the crude oil tanker Greek Warrior.
Reportedly, one of the victims was working in the engine room when the fire broke out.
He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A second worker was discovered in the vessel later in the day.
The Greek Warrior was sold to the ship breaking yard by the Greek company, Polembros Shipping back in 2018.
Over the last decade, Polembros has sent over 24 end-of-life ships to South Asia for demolition.
At least half of them arrived in Bangladesh, where local companies exploit workers who work under the most minimal environmental and safety rules.
"It is about time that the Greek government puts an end to the appalling shipbreaking practices of its shipping industry and holds it liable for the irreparable damages caused by beaching. The EU has set a standard that should be followed by Greek ship owners, even when not sailing their vessels under an EU flag," said in a statement, NGO Shipbreaking Platform's executive director, Ingvild Jenssen.
As of January 1, 2019, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation has gone into effect, requiring all large sea-going vessels sailing under EU-member state flags to use EU-approved ship recycling facilities.
However, many ship owners choose to reflag and rename the vessels before selling them to South Asia breaking yards.
According to NGO Shipbreaking Platform, the Greek Warrior had its name changed to S Warrior and had its flag changed from Panama to Palau just before its final journey.