Where the Ships die

Ship breaking – the company is very environmentally harmful, and it decided to only three countries in the world: Turkey, India and Bangladesh. The developed world sends its ships to die in the developing world, all the logic, of course. When the life of the ship near the end (which is usually 25-30 years), they bring in one of the ship-cutting ports where the ship is stripped down to the last bolt and nut.

Spectacle steamship crematorium in the open air is very depressing. The once handsome huge cruise ships, huge wagons, tankers, bulk carriers and container ships, now sadly moored at the shoreline and slowly rusting away, waiting in line for cuts. Flags lowered, edging dotted clams, some parts pokorezheny and the water spilled oil and butter.

Alang is located in the north western state of Gujarat in India, 50 kilometers from the city Bavnagar. In Alang very comfortable natural system of tides that occur twice a month and easily predicted. At high tide the boats pulled up to the shore, and at low tide the water recedes to 16-18 meters, and the ship is practically on the ground. The water around it is unbearable sour stench. They collected almost the entire periodic table and various carcinogens. To get to the ship, the worker removes the bottom of his robe and bare feet, waist-deep in the stinking mire wanders down to a deflated ship rope ladder.

Naguglennogo of this ship we found out that it was a passenger liner and back in 2009 to feel good, even though it was planned to be replaced. The site in the schedule cebuferries.com Our Lady Of The Rule is empty, the ship took in his last voyage, and slowly dies in Alang. But as this handsome look while on the go.

Graveyard of ships. It’s very sad, anxious and uneasy. Ships in Alang people – too sad, too, doomed.

Along the coast are scattered pieces of asbestos and other rubbish. When inhaled, asbestos dust first symptoms appear in 5-10 years, so you can imagine the state of health of the people working there. On nature protection measures and not think anybody thinks.

The first ship, «Kota Tenjong», ran aground in Alang February 13, 1983.
Just Alang is cutting about 400 sites, which are also called platforms, but no platform is not there – the nude beach. They have 10 miles of coastline. Photo from guglmapa.

The first thing new arrivals ship inspection inspects and issues a certificate. Of course, not without bribes. Then the ship dismantling generator, motors, compressors, boilers, navigation systems, electric cables, plastic and carpeting, furniture and other utensils that were used in the cabins, and which can then be resold. This is such a generator was removed from the vessel.
At each site in Hindi written safety rules, but not the fact that the workers are able to read. At cutting accidents occur very often.

Most often, when the propane fuel tank and cut inside remains a certain amount of fuel – an explosion occurs, and there is already someone as lucky, or does not return home, or with multiple injuries and deification limbs. The idea is that all the ships before setting on a breaker should check inspection for the presence of residual fuel smazyvatelnyh materials in the case, but apparently not always pass this inspection properly. News about such incidents rarely go beyond Alanga, because here, and so the organization for human rights has long been foraged. Workers what these organizations do not care about brand, because they come here to make money, and maybe this is their last hope to feed a family.

Reaching into a large bag of waste paper was found logbook and technical description of a Japanese ship.

One worker we asked how it works here, they say, is a very dangerous and difficult. And he said, ‘What do I do? I’ll take any job, because I have no choice. ”
However, each worker has a robe, helmet and boots, which a few years ago the owners shipbreaking sites they do not provide.

Аланг. Где умирают корабли

If you are good, then the cutting area and no one is allowed to photograph there is prohibited. I got there with a small trip, organized by the local community kauchserferov, and one of them in Alang have a friend who took us to their platform, allowed to photograph anything and even watered Coke.

Even buoys then go to a local flea market where you can buy everything to furnish a new cruise ship again.

For three months the ship completely disassembled down to the last nut and the former power and glory there is nothing left.

And a friend of the Soviet manual meat grinder. It is possible that at some Russian or Ukrainian ship. During Soviet times, in Alang carve a lot of Soviet ships.

Speaking of work. Alang has attracted residents of the poorest states of India – Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand. They work every day, without any contract.

Honestly, every time chattering shutter button, my heart sank and I mentally begged these people for forgiveness. Such working as porters earn 150 rupees a day, which is slightly more than $ 3. Salary per day experienced engraver can reach up to 375 rupees ($ 7). The money they save to send to their villages, where they left a family with children. On some of these same money they need to live somehow in the Alang. Often, workers huddle in shacks right next to the chopping sites.

The sale of this kind is the main item of income ship-breaking facility, since the price of mined metal miserable because of the high cost of propane required for cutting sheets, transport and the work itself. All disassembled by hand or using the equipment left on korable.V depending on the types of ships and the amount of their weight varies from 5,000 to 40,000 tons. For cutting a single ship of medium size (15 thousand tons) takes 3 to 6 months and from 150 to 300 workers at different stages.

Recall the interesting point of English grammar. All inanimate objects in English do not have sex, except one – the ship. About the ship always say “she” and used such epithets as “beautiful”, “elegant” and “magnificent.”

Here is a cheerless turned tour. On the road from Alanga toward the house saw the tank. It is not clear where he was taken, but it is possible that at the next board.

The first thing new arrivals ship inspection inspects and issues a certificate. Of course, not without bribes. Then the ship dismantling generator, motors, compressors, boilers, navigation systems, electric cables, plastic and carpeting, furniture and other utensils that were used in the cabins, and which can then be resold. This is such a generator was removed from the vessel.
At each site in Hindi written safety rules, but not the fact that the workers are able to read. At cutting accidents occur very often.

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