Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Baumler, Raphael.


The ship breaking is considered to be the most sustainable way of disposing end of life ships. Incentives behind the development of the shipbreaking industry are multi-faceted, among which economic benefits and employment opportunities are most prominent. Yet the industry received much attention globally due to many fatal accidents causing loss of life, degradation of environmental due to the prevailing unsafe working practices especially in south Asia. This dissertation is a study to understand the shipbreaking in general with influencing factors for driving and holding its position in south Asia particularly in Bangladesh. The shipping & demolition market dynamics analyzed with future trend of the industry. This study focuses on the occupational health and safety issues involve in this industry and how this has been addressed by the government of Bangladesh. The transition from past practices towards green recycling is demonstrated by examining the drastic actions taken by the competent authority. The formation of new rule and its application with Education and Training of workers has been analyzed to find out the gaps. Finally the critics and recommendations of the author in relation to capacity building through Education and Training of shipbreaking workers has been emphasized for sustainability of this industry.