The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

Postby CielOnTap on Sat May 09, 2009 12:39 pm

05/08/2009 SHIPBREAKING BOOM
The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia
By Joachim Hoelzgen

When times were good, shipping companies ordered huge numbers of new steel behemoths to ply the oceans. Now though, many of those same container lines are eager to get rid of their ships. The scrapping business in South Asia is booming.

The sandy beaches north of Chittagong in Bangladesh look like giant steel graveyards. Ships line the banks ready for dismantling. Others are so far disassembled that their hulls are all that is left protuding morosely from the water, according to shipping industry journal Lloyd's List. All kinds of vessels get broken down here: bulk carriers, container ships, vehicle transporters and oil tankers.

The wrecks are remnants of a disappearing world. Once they sailed the oceans as flagships of globalization. Now they're symbols of an order that threatens to sink with them. http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,623250,00.html

The photo gallery is recommended viewing-see how immense the ships are at various stages of dismantling. Interesting point on how Bangladesh benefits from scrap metal sales, as it cannot afford to make its own steel. That would make for a good economic development tour stop.
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Re: The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

Postby Speak-Ez on Sat May 09, 2009 12:55 pm

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You're right. Those photos are amazing. I'll bet there are some seaman out there that would be saddened by them, though. Sure drives home the point that nothing lasts forever, doesn't it?




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Re: The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

Postby smitty on Sat May 09, 2009 2:50 pm

An eye-opener for sure. What so many of us know nothing about other then the scappers doing the actual manual work are basically working for nothing & always in danger at this line of so-called work.
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Re: The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

Postby burnt fare on Sat May 09, 2009 4:21 pm

Chemical residues from any of the ships (from bulk storage or the engines) are going to present environmental and health challenges. Time to regulate the decommissioning process and put in some occupational health and safety programs for the employers, to keep the workers intact.
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Re: The Freighter Graveyards of South Asia

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:01 pm

In the shipping industry, there seems to be reluctance to scrap older cargo ships due to a fall in scrap metal prices.
Many owners would rather keep the ships in business than buy new ships.

Even the scrap metal yards in India faced the drop in business due to lower steel values.

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21718001-many-barriers-scrapping-cargo-ships-shippings-blues?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/stillatseashippingsblues
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