VIDEO: Where ships go to die

Published on February 26th, 2014

On 13 November 2013, the 26k gross ton ferry Ostend Spirit (previously Pride of Calais) went out with a prolonged blast of the ship’s whistle as she threaded the needle between two ship hulks at Turkey’s Aliaga Ship demolishing yard. In her heyday, she was owned by P&O and sailed the English channel between England and France (Dover-Calais route) from 1987 for over two decades. The video above shows her last hurrah before she would be taken apart and recycled.

The video below is from Bangladesh, which offers one of the most jaw-dropping sights of the modern world. For as far as the eye can see, along a stretch of coastline, hundreds of mammoth supertankers lie beached on the sand. This is where the world’s ships come to die. Thousands of workers, some of them children, are paid just 47 cents a day to break up these rusting giants with their bare hands.

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