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Asia has become the world's waste dump for discarded ships. 70-90% of all demolition of ships takes place in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The reason is cheap labour and lack of enforcement of environmental regulations, if they exist at all.
NW has come across a list which proves that 11 ships from acknowledged Norwegian shipping companies have been sold to Asian ship-breakers. According to the shipping companies, none of the ships were cleaned up before they were sent away.
Norwegian authorities think that the ships cannot be considered as waste as long as the ships are still running and have the necessary certificates, even though they are about to be sent to Asia to be demolished. Denmark has a different view, and has put a state-owned ferry company under investigation for having sold two boats to Indian ship-breakers.