There has been a significant step forward for those involved in the protection of Chittagong in Southeast Bangladesh, which has been referred to as one of the world’s biggest toxic ship graveyards.

The NGO shipbreaking platform and its member organisations stand behind the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in its demolition of two illegal ship breaking yards.

The yards posed a great risk to local communities and polluted the environment as the proper measures were not being taken to dispose carefully of hazardous materials. The companies have been evicted and instead trees have been planted on both sites. According to EU regulations which were introduced this year, ship recycling has to be carried out with the aim of protecting both the environment and maritime workers.

Lucion Marine are specialists in the field of hazard management on-shore and off-shore, with offices both in the UK and Singapore. Vessels that are due to be recycled need an internationally recognised Ship Recycling Plan, which Lucion can help those who work in shipping operations compile. This plan should also be carried out before the ship reaches the ship recycling facility to ensure that it does not pose any risk to maritime workers.

There are many hazardous recycling materials that can be found on any ship including asbestos, heavy metals and PCBs. Using their accredited and internationally recognised laboratories, Lucion can provide evidence based advice on how best to deal with any toxic materials with an approved Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and Ship Recycling Plan (SRP). For more information, and to view the latest in EU Ship Recycling Regulations and the Hong Kong Convention, please visit