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The Greening of Shipbreaking?

March 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

shipbreakingA surprise court decision in Bangladesh may shutter the nation’s vast shipbreaking industry, at least temporarily. The judges were swayed by arguments made by the Bandladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, who have long contended that the industry is among the planet’s dirtiest. Indeed, you probably don’t want to know what happens to the guts of a chemical tanker after a couple decades on the high seas.

But is there a greener way of scrapping ships? The British are trying to give it a go in Liverpool, ushering the HMS Intrepid into that sweet goodnight.

More stunning images from Bangladesh’s shipbreaking industry here and here.

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