Project Detail: ShipBreakers


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Javier Arcenillas



Project Info


Throughout the year hundreds of large vessels, among which are mainly oil tankers, seeking a place to be scrapped, generally those countries that have this type of metal industry have a common denominator, poverty. In Chittagong, Bangladesh, where the world's largest marine cemetery.

Chittagong is a city located in the eastern part of China near the border with Burma. It has a population of 4 million inhabitants and its coast is the port, the largest in the country and key exports of Bangladesh abroad. Despite being able to opt for other industries, traders decided to turn the coastal zone, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world's largest ship breaking point there. Hundreds of ships annually goes to these shores, where a huge number of workers, day by day, working by hand scrapping these huge masses of metal, all without gloves, barefoot and without health insurance. One of the issues that has caused international alarm largest are the materials with which they are made some of these vessels, many of them was carrying tons of highly polluting and harmful to health, such as asbestos. In these beaches, where the focus is the recycling of metal, you get 80% of Bangladesh requires steel annually.