The working conditions are extremely dangerous, the salaries low and
the environmental standards minimal. Norwegian shipyards that order
hulls in Eastern Europe can both cut costs and take short turns,
according to a new Norwatch report.
The Norwegian ship owner Jo Tankers receives heavy criticism from the environmental authorities in the Dominican Republic, after chemical spills in one of the country’s harbours. “The company set both the harbour workers and the environment in danger”, said Felipe Ditren, director in the Dominican Ministry of Environment. The company claims not responsible for the incident.
Read also: Jo Tanker implements more rigorous safety demands
The Norwegian chemical transporter Jo Tankers have this week decided to implement stronger routines in the discharging of dangerous chemicals. In the future they will reject discharging caustic soda if the harbour workers do not wear proper personal protection equipment.
The Norwegian Veritas (DNV) published its report from a field trip to the scrapping yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh this summer. DNV has uncovered severe water and soil pollution, as well as hazardous working conditions. Two explosions at scrapping yards in Chittagong in May and June killed a total of 40 workers, due to explosive gases in the tankers. In the EU, there are calls for decommissioning of all single-hulled ships by 2008-2010, after last year's Erika disaster.