BANGLADESH’S Supreme Court has directed the Bangladesh Ship Breakers’ Association to execute a court order for ships to be decontaminated before they arrive for scrapping.
The association has filed an appeal with the supreme court against a High Court order, which demanded that all ships undergo pre-cleaning certification before they are imported for demolition.
However, the Supreme Court adjourned the appeal hearing yesterday for four months after telling the association to implement the High Court order in the meantime.
The association was not available for comment, but industry sources told Fairplay that they fear the court order will halt ship imports indefinitely and force many yards at Sitakunda to shut down.
At least 24 workers were killed and dozens were injured in several incidents at 15 breaking yards in Bangladesh over the last 17 months, according to the association.
Source: SAFETY AT SEA INTERNATIONAL