Western companies are using Asia, including China, as a dumping ground for ships whose working lives have expired. Greenpeace decided to investigate the conditions at the Chinese shipbreaking yards.
Executive summary: Greenpeace’s investigations focused on the environmentaland working conditions at the shipbreaking yards, paying particular attention to the handling of hazardous substances. The study also involved sampling and analyses of sediments from the vicinity of the yards to indicate the extent of contamination due to shipbreaking activity. The objective of the study was to get an impression of working and environmental conditions on Chinese yards and a first indication on the levels of contamination caused by breaking ships.
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