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Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh, the place where the ships die…  or the door to hell

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"In the 60’s of the last century, the ship scrapping was an industry developed in countries like USA, Germany and UK, But in the 80’s, this dirty business moved to the third world countries, especially to India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh as well as to the coasts of West Africa. According to statistics, currently more than 100,000 workers are employed in the ship scrapping industry, and annually about 700 ships undergo scrapping procedure.

Such ships have appeared on Chittagong beaches since 1970, but the real boom occurs only in 2008, when the World Bank statistics counts about 30 000 workers directly employed in this business and other 200 000 related indirectly to it. The lower cost of labour, the weak labour laws and the widespread corruption are among the main driving forces of this industry. Gradually, Bangladesh is transformed into a mecca for the ship recycling and is known for its acceptance of all kinds of ships, even for those of them with denied access elsewhere. Thus, these magnificent exotic coasts are turned into the world trash can for ship scrap."

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  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards in Bangladesh
  • Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
    Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
  • Chittagong Ship Breaking yards Bangladesh
    Chittagong Ship Breaking yards Bangladesh
  • Workers at the Chittagong Ship Breaking yards, Chittagong, Bangladesh
    Workers at the Chittagong Ship Breaking yards, Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
    Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
  • Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
    Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
  • Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards
    Part-dismantled ship remains strewn across the beach during low-tide, Chittagong Ship Breaking yards

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