Last Port: the Graveyard for Ships in Bangladesh

For the fans of extreme and industrial tourism there are enough places to visit, and one of them - the ship graveyard in the town of Chittagong. Every year around 200 vessels find the final resting place there, including huge ocean liners and tankers.||The vast graveyard of ships is not far from the city and is considered one of the most polluted places on earth. The site takes about twenty kilometers of the coast of the Indian Ocean. Almost all the work is carried out manually, and the conditions under which it is performed can be called extreme.||The process begins with the fact that the captain delivers the ship to Chittagong and runs it aground. Then everything is removed from the ship: from fuel and oil, to finishing equipment and furniture.||Then, the metal siding and rivets are removed, the cables are pulled out - thousands of people are involved in this process. They use only blowtorches, sledgehammers and wedges - with their help they cut off large chunks of skin. After that, they are dragged ashore and cut into smaller pieces that are later manually transferred to trucks. A huge amount of effort is spent on cleaning the ships from dirt after each tide. Absolutely all received materials are processed.||History of the creation of the recycling place is rooted in 1960. After a storm, Greek ship Alpine run ashore. All attempts to take it back on water ended in failure, and five years later it was written off. The ship was bought by the Chittagong and using cheap local labor it was cut for scrap. Realizing what was happening, the company has established a permanent job, and in the 1990s there already was a large center for the recycling of ships.