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In pictures: India's ship-breakers
Rusting hulk beached at Alang, India
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Greenpeace estimates 90% of obsolete ships are broken up in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Turkey. All pictures courtesy of Greenpeace.
Ships at Alang
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From the 1970s, higher costs due to improving health and safety standards in Europe have led to ship-breaking work moving to the developing world.
Ship beached at Alang
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Many of the ships destined to be sold for scrap contain hazardous materials such as asbestos and PCBs.
Workers carry a girder at Alang in India
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Workers have little or no protective gear, often going barefoot, and there is regular use of child labour.
Workers drops boarding onto a fire at Alang
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Workers dump material stripped from the ships onto fires, not knowing it contains lethal asbestos.
Ship-breaker wields a hammer at Alang
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As well as asbestos, falling metal and explosions caused by cutting gear hitting fuel tanks are among the dangers.
Three women sit in the midst of debris at Alang
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Many of the workers are paid as little as 1 a day.
Man breaks boarding at Alang
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Many of the ships that end up in developing countries have been under flags of convenience



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