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These are pictures of ship breaking in Chittagong, Bangladesh.   These old ships are pulled ashore and then the work begins.  Unskilled labourers use mainly setaline torches to break down the ships.  The steel is then pulled or carried to trucks further inland. 

The labourers can make up to US $1.50 a day.  No safety equipment or standards.  The heat can be excruciating.  Tough days work. 

Western countries used to break down their own ships.  But dismantling a steel ship is costly with high union wages in European countries.  So the ship owners sell the ships to ship breaking firms in India, Bangladesh and China.

This has got to be the closest to earthbound hell that you can get.


Posted December 22, 2009 by markosun in Uncategorized

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