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OSHA Shipbreaking Safety Fact Sheet


Hazards Associated With Shipbreaking

Shipbreaking is the process of dismantling an obsolete vessel’s structure for scrapping or disposal. Conducted at a pier, drydock or dismantling slip, it includes a wide range of activities, from removing all gear and equipment to cutting down and recycling the ship’s infrastructure. Shipbreaking is a challenging process, due to the structural complexity of the ships and the many environmental, safety, and health issues involved.


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