Pakistan Ship Breakers’ Association Presented by Asif Ali Khan Introduction & Brief History Tonnage Imported during last 10 years Steel Demand & Government Policies Economic Importance Strengths & Dismantling Procedures Our Weaknesses Our Commitment
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Presented by Asif Ali Khan
Ship Recycling has a long history in Pakistan. Perhaps we are the oldest ship recycling Industry in the sub-continent region. Though activity somewhat remained inconsistent over the years due to various local & international factors.
Majority of these yards are privately owned by locals with about 30 yards owned a the Balochistan Development Authority.
Other sources of steel supply are Steel Furnaces, Pakistan Steel Mills and scrap imports.
Pakistan’s current steel consumption is around 4.5 -5.00 million tons per annum, however keeping with the current pace of growth this projected to increase to around 12 millions by 2015.
Ship Recycling being an Industry has to fully comply with all the legislative framework imposed by the various Government departments. As any other Industry this includes compliance with various Financial Regulations and Labor Laws, Labor Compensation Act, Employees Old Age Benefits and various Environmental compliances.
As mentioned earlier Ship Recycling in Pakistan has a great importance for the Country. It not only provides employment to thousand of workers, a substantial revenue to the Government but it also provides the quality and cheapest raw materials to our national steel industry and playing a vital role in the national growth.
At this occasion, I would like to highlight to the audience that contrary to what being done in other ship recycling countries in the sub- continent, at Gadani we are:
We are fully committed to ensure our workers are not exposed to any dangerous situations.
Ladies and Gentlemen , the Pakistan Ship Recycling Industry is fully committed and are continuously working towards making it safer for everyone. While we do not know or say anything about China or Turkey however it is not a secret that at Gadani we have the lowest rate of accidents or deaths compared to our counterparts in sub-continent.
Having given you a brief background and introduction on the Ship Recycling in Pakistan. I feel sad in saying that in spite of so much of activity in ship recycling over last more than four decades, Gadani still lacks regular supply of Drinking Water, Electricity for domestic consumption or telephone lines. We bring potable water for our laborers and self use through trucks from Karachi or Hub, Electric is generated through self owned generators. All this costs us substantially over & above any other Industry.
Pakistan Recycling Industry needs help and assistance from friends like Turkey , China and others. We are thankful to Basel Convention Secretariate, specially Ms Susan Wingfield for taking this initiative and organizing this event here in Turkey. We are keen to learn and we hope to collect maximum possible guidance from our friends here in Turkey which we can implement back home in Pakistan in due course of time within our available facilities.
We are here to share our experiences with the Recyclers from Turkey and to go back home with new ideas to make our operations more safer and more environmentally friendly, though one thing we all have to appreciate that at present in Pakistan we severely lack the basic facilities I mentioned earlier ie. the Landfill , the Solid Waste Management Facility, the Roads, supply of Electric, Water and Communication lines etc. Moreover one more most important thing we have to understand is the difference in various arrival preparations and actual cutting procedures due beaching and non-beaching methods used in Turkey and Pakistan.