Where Ships Go to Die

You’ve probably never heard of one of the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs around.

Illustration by Marco Miccichè.

Shipbreaking — the process of dismantling old ships into salable scrap metal and disposable parts — is one of the dirtiest and most dangerous industries on the planet. Up until the 1970s, much of global shipbreaking occurred in the United States; however, the promise of cheaper labor eventually lured the industry to Taiwan and Korea, and thereafter to India. […]

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