Renewable Matter # 26 / March-April

Sustainable Shipbreaking: A Pending Issue

by Irene Baños Ruiz

Ships have the potential to become sources of either toxic waste or precious materials. A circular approach to shipbreaking can therefore help the environment, economy and employment.


In 2018 alone, 518 ships ended up on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – amounting to over 90% of the gross end-of-life tonnage dismantled globally. According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a group of...

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