Scrapping Ships

Check out this harrowing photo essay from Foreign Policy, End of the Line. I’ve sent his before in Wired, but wow, these photos really bring home the disquieting business of dismembering hulks on the beaches of Bangladesh and India.

It should come as no surprise that this is a business fraught with danger, laced with toxic chemicals and foisted upon some of the world’s poorer countries. Another example of economic imperialism.

Oddly, looking at these decrepit vessels being torn apart to supply a 80% of a country’s source of steel makes me think of Larry Niven’s science fiction classic, Ringworld. I’d suggest reading the novel to grasp my inference, it’s quite enjoyable sf anyway. If you can’t make the jump, I’ll explain myself at some later date in the comments.