Chittagong Ship Breaking Yards, located in Bangladesh, is world’s second largest ship breaking area.
Until the late 20th century, ship breaking took place in port cities of industrialized countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, most ship breaking yards are in developing countries, with the largest yards at Gadani in Pakistan, Alang in India, Chittagong in Bangladesh and Aliağa in Turkey. This is due to lower labor costs and less stringent environmental regulations dealing with the disposal of lead paint and other toxic substances. Ship-breaking has been practiced along the Bangladesh coast for a long time, contaminating the coastal soil and sea water environment and thus changing their ecological settings. Wastes of the scrapped ships are drained and dumped into the Bay of Bengal. Captions ©© Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© Naquib Hossain.
Stretched along 12 miles of what just a decade ago was a pristine sandy beach, ore carriers, container ships, gas tankers, cruise liners and cargo ships of every size and description are being dismantled by hand in 140 similar yards, at Chittagong beach Ship Breaking Yard, Bangladesh, the world’s second largest ship breaking area.
Every year more than 250 redundant ships, many from Britain and Europe, come here to be broken up…