Life in the Ship-breaking Yard

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    A general view from the top of a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2007.

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    With one of the world's longest beaches, Chittagong is Bangladesh's biggest port. Half of the world's supertankers are disassembled at ship-breaking yards in Chittagong.

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    Laborers are seen at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. With the huge task of dismantling ships carried out manually at the yard and basic protections like helmets, gloves or goggles not provided to the workers, a large number of them get injured, and many die each year. Most manual workers earn about 150 Taka (USD 2$) for a day labor.

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    Laborers carry a long iron rope in the rain as they prepare to dismantle a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Workers break the part of ship that made of iron cast with heavy hammer and chisel.

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    Laborers carry a piece of steel after it has been dismantled from a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. With the huge task of dismantling ships carried out manually at the yard and basic protections like helmets, gloves or goggles not provided to the workers, a large number of them get injured, and many die each year. Most manual workers earn about 150 Taka (USD 2$) for a day labor.

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    Laborers carry a piece of steel after it has been dismantled from a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. With the huge task of dismantling ships carried out manually at the yard and basic protections like helmets, gloves or goggles not provided to the workers, a large number of them get injured, and many die each year. Most manual workers earn about 150 Taka (USD 2$) for a day labor.

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    Laborers carry a piece of steel after it has been dismantled from a ship at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. With the huge task of dismantling ships carried out manually at the yard and basic protections like helmets, gloves or goggles not provided to the workers, a large number of them get injured, and many die each year. Most manual workers earn about 150 Taka (USD 2$) for a day labor.

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    A child laborer grimaces as he adjusts to gas switch at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Although child labor is banned in Bangladesh, non-governmental organizations have said children are still employed in brickfields, factories, construction site, on farms and here in ship-breaking yard.

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    Laborers remove the mud which is contaminated with toxic chemicals from a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong.

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    A laborer is silhouetted as he carries a basket of material from the ship.

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    Workers break the part of ship that made of iron cast with heavy hammer and chisel.

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    A laborer uses oxy-acetylene torch to cut beam and angles of ship inside it. Most accidents occur inside the ship using this torch. When flame from torch comes in contact of a room or hold filled with flammable gases that blasts with drastic force and causes huge casualties.

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    Laborers dismantle parts of a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Laborers dismantle parts of a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Laborers move pieces of steel after it has been dismantled from a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Laborers use a welding torch to cut beam on a vessel at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Foots of laborers is stained with mud contaminated by toxic chemicals since many workers are barefoot at a ship breaking yard.

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    Portrait of a worker.

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    Security guards of the ship-breaking yard checks workers before they go home in front of a gate. Stealing such materials as steel is often committed by poor workers at the yard.

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    A supervisor of the ship-breaking yard passes by supertanker in the rain at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Workers take a rest at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    A worker holds his head at a ship-breaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh.