In 2018 alone, 518 ships ended up on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan – amounting to over 90% of the gross end-of-life tonnage dismantled globally.(1) According to the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a group of organisations working to improve the human and environmental conditions surrounding ship recycling, out of a world fleet of more than 50,000 ships – with an average lifespan of 25 to 30 years – only 744 were dismantled worldwide in 2018. Precious materials such as aluminium, silver and of course steel (which forms up to 95% of a ship’s weight)(2) are re-sold, re-processed or recycled. However, during this process toxic components, such as lead, mercury and oil sludge are dumped into the environment without adequate hazardous waste management.    ...