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Ship breaking, and rebuilding, yards in Bangladesh: in Dhaka, long river Buriganga irremediably contaminated by fuel waste left in the tanks and by heavy metals, big sections are removed by explosives and cut with blow torches. A huge helix, half-buried in front of me, makes me realize the proportions of these giants of the sea and the backbreaking work of dismantling made barehanded by thousands of workers.
They have been designed and built for resisting to the waves of the ocean in a storm, for lasting decades and carry huge cargoes around the world: but what happens when their end comes, when the last trip begins?
Why a lot of naval companies bring here their disused vessel for dying?
What are the tasks carried out in these areas?
How is the life of those Bengali men who, while to work and survive, are willing to make one of the most dangerous jobs in the world?
- Erberto Zani
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