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One Pakistan News

Published Date: Oct 29, 2013

Green ship recycling demanded to check marine pollution

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) held a seminar on 
Sustainable Ship recycling Industry  and also launched a research
report  Pakistan Ship breaking Outlook: The Way Forward for a Green
Ship-recycling Industry  here on Monday.

The research paper was a joint effort of SDPI and Non-Governmental
Organization Ship Breaking Platform. Dr. Mahmood A. Khawaja, Senior
Adviser SDPI on Chemicals and Sustainable Industrial Development
moderated the proceedings.

The speakers were unanimous in their demand to the federal and the
relevant provincial governments to develop and implement a  Green Ship
Recycling Strategy, for prompt and sustained actions.

In his welcome address, Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director
SDPI encouraged the efforts of  NGO Shipbreaking Platform . According to
him this industry should be taken seriously as it will boost our
economy and provides employment to many people.

Kanwar Javed, the main author of the report from SDPI said that the
study analyses the global economic and legal framework in which the ship
breaking industry in Pakistan is embedded and sheds light on the
linkages of the sector to the global maritime industry and its ship
recycling practices. It then presents the current conditions in the ship
breaking yards in Gadani, Pakistan, based on information retrieved
during on-site visits and observations of the yards.  Further, the study
proposes the way forward for a  green  ship recycling industry in
Pakistan  he said.

Patrizia Heidegger (ED, NSP), a Co-author of this report introduced
the main findings of the report. She shared that Standard Operating
Procedure (SOPs) to deal with hazardous wastes and other material
retrieved from the ships are not in place. Moreover, thousands of tons
of hazardous waste are piling up in the Gadani area.

There is an urgent need to put in place facilities to take care of
the waste otherwise it will endanger the environment and threaten the
life of workers involved in the ship breaking industry already lacking
health facilities. While quoting the example, she said that experience
and ideas gained from different ship-breaking nations like China and
India should be considered in formulating the rules and regulations for
ship-breaking, which was recently formally recognised as an industry.

However, unfortunately, she maintained, documentation and record
keeping is also non-existent. Further she said that generally, the
enforcement of the law which is already in place such as the Pakistan
Environment Protection Act 1997, the Factories Act 1934 and the Pakistan
Penal Code, is very weak.  With a joint effort by the relevant
government bodies, shipbreaking industry, civil society and a special
support from international organisations can turn this business into a
modern and safe industry  she stressed.

In her address, Helen Previer, Chairperson Ship-breaking Platform
(NSP) from Belgium said that the overarching goal of the Ship-Breaking
Platform is to prevent toxic end-of-life ships from being beached in
developing countries. She said the goal of NSP is to find sustainable
solution that encompass the principles of human rights, environmental
justice,  polluter pays , and clean production.

Arifa Khalid, Member of National Assembly recognized the idea of
holding of seminars on the topic in hand saying it will not only make
them aware of issue but also prepare a plan of action to protect the
rights of workers and the environment.

Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Environmental Lawyer, Bangladesh said we need to
send clear message to western world that South Asian beaches are not
dumping grounds and lives of our poor laborers are not cheap to play

Robert Evans, Former British Parliamentarian said that in South Asian
ship breaking yards workers are exposed to chemicals which can deeply
harm the nervous system. Organic pollution coming from sewage can cause
serious health risks for workers if they breathe in. He said unlike
international laws Pakistan ship breaking industry is not working for
its workers health and rights.

Majid Bashir, Advocate from Supreme Court discussed that present
judiciary has announced green benches to look after the safety of
environment. However, it is important to follow compliance report,
guidelines provided by these convention and motivate and activate the
existing law mechanism.

Asaf Humayun said that workers  rights are not protected, notably
health and safety rights, the freedom of association, worker s welfare
and benefits, and contractual rights. The immediate implementation of
the applicable laws relative to labor rights is required.

Naseer Khan Kashani, DG Balochistan, Environmental Protection Agency
said that our organization is ready to support this report to ensure its
better practical implementation.

Ritwick Dutta, Environmental Lawyer, Supreme Court of India delivered
his message online by saying that training and capacity building of the
workforce is required immediately. Workers should be aware of the
presence of hazardous materials in ships.

While chairing the session Romina Khurshid Alam, Member of National
Assembly encouraged the efforts of researchers. According to her ship
breaking industry s condition in Pakistan is better than India and

Haji Meherban, Secretary Ship breaking Labour Union Gadani demanded proper raise in the wages of workers.