seatec - Finnish marine technology review 2/2017 - Page 32

Demolition Man SHIP DEMOLITION MAY EMERGE AS A VIBRANT NEW INDUSTRY IN EUROPE by: SAMI J. ANTEROINEN photos: TURKU REPAIR YARD LTD. Ocean liners at the end of their lifecycle present a problem. Usually, these retired ships have found their way to India or Bangladesh, where they are demolished. However, workers’ conditions are rarely as they should be – in fact, Global Trade Union group IndustriAll has called ship-breaking “the world’s most dangerous job”. Quite often, the demolishing sites are also ripe with environmental risks. 32 seatec 2/2017