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At world's graveyard of ships in Bangladesh rust 50% of discomissioned ships of the world (photo)

Updated on January 2, 2011

In Bangladesh Chittagong is utilized around 50% of the world's ships, decommissioned for scrap. Here come the 5.3 ships per week. Immediately dismantle the ships themselves about 80 thousand people, another 300 thousand workers in related industries. Daily wage workers is 1,5-3 dollar (the working week - 6 days, 12-14 hours), and the Chittagong Hill Tracts is one of the dirtiest places in the world.

 Decommissioned ships began arriving here in 1969. To our time in Chittagong are dismantled 180-250 ships annually. Coastal strip, where the ships reach their last resting place, stretches for 20 kilometers.


Recycling is the most primitive way - by using acetylene welder and manual labor. Of the 80,000 local workers about 10,000 - are children from 10 to 14 years old. It is they who are the lower-paid workers receiving an average of 1.5 dollars a day. 

Annually on shipbreaking about 50 people are killed, about another 300-400 maimed.

80% of this business is controlled by American, German and Scandinavian companies - scrap metal is then sent in the same countries. In monetary terms, analysis of ships in Chittagong is estimated at 1-1,2 billion dollars a year in Bangladesh, in the form of wages, taxes and bribes to local officials of this amount is 250-300 million dollars. 

Chittagong is one of the dirtiest places in the world. When disassembling the vehicles engine oil leaks directly on the beach, there are still lead waste - so that the MAC of lead here exceeded 320 times, the MAC of asbestos - 120 times. 

Shack in which workers live and their families to stretch for 8-10 miles inland. The area of this "city" - about 120 square kilometers and its population to 1.5 million.



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