Scrapping a ship generates huge amount of waste – some useful while some extremely harmful. Most of the harmful wastes are extremely toxic hazardous substances, both for human and environment. Breaking a ship made of hazardous materials is an environmentalist’s nightmare. A ship breaking process involves strict regulations and laws which if broken, lead to millions of dollars in fine depending on the gravity of the accident. It is for this reason that many rich countries such as European nations send their ships to the ship yards of developing countries. There are many advantages drives them to doing this. The main are:

  • Developing countries have less stringent environmental rules.

  • Highly skillful Labor is available

  • Advantage of Cheap labor

  • No hassles related to disposing hazardous materials.

  • The overall ship breaking can be done in less than half the rate.

Keeping these advantages in mind, France once sent Clemenceau to India, a ship full of highly hazardous materials. If the same ship was to be scrapped at her own ports, it would been involved high environmental costs, excluding the occupational hazards it would create. It is quite a worrying phenomenon that many companies overlook such aspects and send such high toxic vessels to developing countries in spite of knowing the environmental and occupational hazards attached to it, simply for saving costs