February 19, 2006


Its commendable that Bangladesh Government has banned the SS Norway, an asbestos-lined French ocean-liner, from being broken up in its ship-breaking yards. (BBC News) The Indian government banned the ocean-liner earlier.

However the Bangladesh ship-breaking industry still risks lives of 45000 workers from frequent accidents in terrible work environment.

Read this interesting Greenpeace article "Clemenceau… The ship that died but didn’t stop killing" to get an insight into the fate of end-of-life ships from the First World and why they end up in the third world.

"End of the line" is a spectacular photo essay by Brendan Corr on shipbreaking in Bangladesh.

Sepia Mutiny has more on this.


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