Sustainable and Safe Ship Recycling in Bangladesh

Project: Research

Description

Clarkson Research, in its 2017 database, depicts that Bangladesh currently lead world ship recycling industry in LDT (NGO Ship Breaking Platform, 2017); a result which transpired when Bangladesh was able to propose better prices to ship owners selling their ships for recycling (Galley, 2014). This competitive advantage is a definitive result of high scrap steel demand, low labour costs, low overheads, loose local legislations and limited environmental constraints.
Despite the absence of accurate data on the workforce employed in this industry, it is currently estimated that about 40,000 workers are employed in the yards, of which migrant workers represent about 84.5% of the global statistic (ILPI, 2016, SENSREC, 2016a). As the SR workers are generally from a low-income and low-skilled demography, this sector harms the most disadvantaged members of the community. Therefore, the Bangladesh SR sector requires urgent attention and support for a sustainable SR. However currently required research and industry collaboration is not in place. This prevents accurate quantification of risks related to current ship recycling process.
The purpose of this project is to create a synergy between Universities and local industry in order to jointly develop a specific framework for creating the data which will enable improvement by providing scientific foundations to ongoing problems:
The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (GCRF Pump Priming fund) and aims to achieve following long term impacts;
(1)enhancing the well-being of the local community and the workers through better practices for health, safety and environmental protection,
(2)ensuring implementation of developed concepts in Bangladesh through raising awareness and creating necessary research capacity.
(3)contributing to the economic development through improved practices and better international image.
In order to achieve these aims, in this feasibility project, the University of Strathclyde (UoS) joins hands with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU) and Bangladesh Marine Academy (BMA) with support from local industry.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/10/1831/07/19

Keywords

  • Ship recycling
  • Ship Dismantling
  • Ship Breaking
  • Bangladesh