Posted on July 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A steel cutter died on July the 23rd while working at a ship breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, the incident occurred at the Kabir Steel’s Khawja shipbreaking yard,
At the time of the accident, the breaking yard worker was in the process of cutting the Container Ship, EVER UNION belonging to the Taiwanese shipowner, Evergreen Marine.
While working on the vessel, he proceeded to fall from a great height, dying immediately as he hit the ground.
This is not the first time Evergreen Marine has been put on the spotlight over its alleged irresponsible practices when it comes to ship dismantling.
Back in January 2018, the Norwegian Central bank made the decision to exclude the shipping company from the Government Pension fund due to their poor-management of end-of-life ships.
Unfortunately, however, this hasn’t led to the company changing its policies. In 2019 at least 5 vessels, including three containers and two post-Panamax class vessels were sent to Bangladeshi beaching yards for dismantling. Three of them, to shipyards owned by Kabir Steel.
According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, at least 34 workers lost their lives last year in accidents taking place in shipbreaking yards.