Partner: NSP, Brussels
Duration: October 2011 to September 2016
Locale: Gadani Ship-breaking Yard, Karachi.
In October 2011, SDPI launched Sustainable Ship-breaking Initiative in order to address the policy and governance related matters of environmental and social aspects of Ship-breaking industry, which require serious considerations at this critical point of time. The global center for Ship-breaking and recycling industry is located in South Asia, specifically in Bangladesh, India, China and Pakistan, which accounts for 70-80 percent of the international market for Ship-breaking of ocean-going vessels. This is mainly due to a shift seen in 1980 as a result of global environmental order when several countries enacted legislation to ban Ship-breaking in their countries. As a result, this industry has been shifted to South Asia. The Ship-breaking industry is besides workers’ exploitation causing an unprecedented damage to nature.
In July 2012, SDPI developed a Position Paper on Environmental and Social aspects of Ship-breaking Industry in Pakistan in collaboration with NGO Ship-breaking Platform (NSP), Brussels, Belgium. The paper focused on social, economic and environmental uplift of the region in term of owners and workers.
- To produce way forward for Green Ship-breaking yards in Pakistan based on analysis and findings of current environmental and socio-legal situation of Ship-breaking practices at Gadani yard through physical observations and stakeholders consultation
- To maintain sustainable economic growth by following the mechanized system of dismantling in compliance with available legislative frameworks i.e. (Hong Kong and Basel convention) without jeopardizing employment of workers.
- Field survey of Gadani Ship-breaking yard
- Filing of public interest litigation
- Advocacy campaigns
- There are a total of 68 running plots at present and 38 contractors
- About 12,000 – 15,000 active workers
- Situation is less disappointing as compared to Bangladesh since there are more mechanized and comparatively safer operations
- The draft findings are in line with the findings of the World Bank report.