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by Pierre Torset from his “Shipbreaking” project

“Shipbreaking is a controversial industry.

It used to be a highly mechanized operation, concentrated in industrialized countries. But in order to maximize profits, in the 80s ship owners began sending their vessels to the scrap yards of India (Alang), Pakistan or Bangladesh, where salary, health, safety and working standards are minimal, and workers are desperate for work”

– Pierre Torset

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Searching For Scraps by AdamCohn.

by Adam Cohn from his “Shipbreaking, Bangladesh” flickr set

“These men trolled the Chittagong shipbreaking sites with long metal rods. They would stab the rods into the muck and listen for telltale sounds that there were scraps of metal under the mud. They’d then dig up the scraps by hand and try to resell them later. These men, barefoot in highly polluted water, were scavenging for scraps of scraps in order to feed their families”

– Adam Cohn

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