A total of 37 ships were sold for scrap to Chittagong breaking yards in the first quarter of 2017.
In total 128 ships were sold to the South Asian beaches including Bangladesh during the period, according to a report published in www.hellenicshippingnews.com.
The Alang beach in India was by far the most popular destination for end-of-life ships this quarter, with 69 ships sold for breaking. This quarter 22 ships were sold for breaking in Pakistan
196 ships were sold in total the first quarter of 2017, meaning that 65 per cent ended up on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
51 of the beached vessels were container ships.
The other main shipbreaking destinations, Turkey and China, received 36 and 28 vessels respectively.
Four ships were destined for recycling in other locations outside the main five breaking nations.
European companies accounted for half of the vessels beached in South Asia the first quarter.
For the first time, German owners topped the list with 26 ships sold to South Asian breakers, followed by Greek owners with 17 beached end-of-life vessels.
Eleven workers were killed and at least four additional workers were injured whilst cutting down the vessels manually on the tidal beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Source: the financial express. 27 Apr 2017