NGO Shipbreaking Platform: High Accident Rate at Aliaga Shipbreaking Yards

first_imgDespite being the preferred option for responsible ship recycling when compared to South Asia’s shipbreaking yards, Turkey’s Aliaga-based breaking yards still face considerable challenges including high accident rate.Furthermore, there is a low level of awareness of occupational diseases at the Aliaga yards, according to NGO Shipbreaking Platform.“NGOs and local labour rights groups, including Platform partner Istanbul Health and Safety Labour Watch (IHSLW), are concerned about the high accident rate and the low awareness of occupational diseases at the Aliaga yards. As in South Asia, trade union organisation remains weak in Aliaga,” the platform said.What is more, as explained by the NGO, the landing method which is used in Turkey “also poses environmental challenges as the risk of slag and paint chips falling into the water is high.”However, the platform pointed out that through engagement with NGOs and labour rights groups, the Turkish Ship Recyclers Association remains attentive to constantly improving the industry practice.To that end, several of the yards in Aliaga have applied to be on the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities. “In order to make it on the EU list, the yards will be subject to critical assessment of their environmental and social performance,” the platform added.In 2016, Turkey dismantled 92 ships, including several drill ships and platforms. In comparison to South Asia, Turkey dismantles smaller vessels, many of them either EU-owned or EU-flagged. Aliaga is also a preferred destination for EU navy vessels, the platform’s data shows.last_img read more

Jose clear to return to sidelines

first_imgJose Mourinho will return to the Chelsea dugout on Sunday after escaping a touchline ban for his furious tirade against referee Anthony Taylor. “It was a good goal for me, a good counter-attack for us and it helped that we have good sprinters.” Chelsea will be looking to avenge their FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Sky Blues this weekend. City denied Chelsea at Wembley with a 2-1 win in April, and the north-west outfit have a good recent record against their rivals. City are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the west Londoners and it is two years since Chelsea beat them at home. Last Saturday Mourinho sprung to the touchline and shouted at Taylor after becoming annoyed at the referee for urging Branislav Ivanovic to hurry up and take a throw-in when he thought Cardiff had been wasting time all match. Taylor sent Mourinho to the stands, where he took in the last 20 minutes of the 4-1 win sat alongside some startled Chelsea supporters. He paid for the outburst on Thursday after he was hit with an £8,000 fine from the Football Association, but there was no touchline ban, so he will be allowed back on the bench for Chelsea’s game against Manchester City. A statement from the FA read: “Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in or around the 69th minute of his side’s game against Cardiff City on 19 October 2013 amounted to improper conduct. ”The fine is the standard penalty for the offence.” The fact that Mourinho will not be banished to the stands for a second consecutive league game is welcome news for the Chelsea squad, who are just starting to find their groove under the Portuguese. The Blues overcame an early setback to comfortably defeat Cardiff and they followed that win up with a Fernando Torres-inspired victory over Schalke in midweek. The Spaniard, starting his 100th game for the club, scored twice in Germany while Eden Hazard also got himself on the scoresheet for the fifth time this season. The Belgian scored 13 times for Chelsea last term and he hopes to find the net for a third successive game this weekend. “The goal against Schalke was my first in the Champions League and now I hope to score again and again with Chelsea FC,” the midfielder told Chelsea TV. Press Associationlast_img read more