Hey It’s Will Cooper, I’m here at the Vice offices in Brooklyn. My colleagues over in Bangladesh recently discovered that the world’s biggest cargo carriers end up in the city of Chittagong. Where 200,000 people salvage them by hand. So we sent our guys out to find out what it is like in the city where ships go to die. This is the ship breakers of Bangladesh. The global economy remains reliant on the shipping industry with massive cargo carriers responsible for transporting 90% of international trade In their final days these hulking leviathans are brought to shore and salvaged in a process known as shipbreaking Environmental and labor regulations have rid the developed world of this practice Leaving countries like Bangladesh to corner the market It continues to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world Most of the shipbreaking workers are coming from the northern part of the country which is the poorest part of the country where they have no work and no business to do So, all those poor workers come here to find a job Most of the workers are 15 to 30 but they involve young workers a lot So, among the total work force 25% of them are below 18. Chittagong’s 80 active shipyards employ roughly 200,000 workers Most of whom have been recruited from rural parts of the country by wealthy families who run every facet of the booming industry. Over 80% of Bangladesh’s steel come from ship salvaging which is melted in a rebar for construction As the country’s urbanization accelerates, it has grown dependent on the supply of salvaged steel for development. In 2013, shipyard accidents killed nearly 2 workers a month in Chittagong daily exposure to hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, and PCBs, cause even more fatalities According to the international labor organization, workers face every occupational health and safety hazard The workers who are working there, they are working without any kind of safety measurement they are not provided any kind of personal equipment there is no precautionary measurement for them they are working without any kind of safety measurement and there is no treatment or medical facilities for them those workers are working there for 12 to 16 hours a day Keep a shot on that, at least you can say Most of the ships are owned by European shipping companies and they are not cleaning the ships, before bringing the ships in our country The poor workers are not worried about the hazardous materials that are inside the ships materials like asbestos, PCBs black oil, brown oil, they are all throwing on the ocean they are all throwing on the surrounding environment. The shipbreaking in a country like Bangladesh will never stop because it’s a good place for the people who don’t care about the environment who don’t care about the human rights because its standard is very low, and nobody, you know, talks about this.