Gadani's shipyard workers

Some 40Kms west of Karachi, Gadani's ship-breaking yards employ about 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tonnes.

The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. For a six-day working week of hard and often dangerous work handling asbestos, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), employees get paid about 300 USD a month of which half is spent on food and rent for run-down rickety shacks near the yards, a labour representative told AFP.

Workers use blow torches to cut up metal broken off vessels beached at one of the ship-breaking plots. ? Photo by AFP
Workers use blow torches to cut up metal broken off vessels beached at one of the ship-breaking plots. ? Photo by AFP
A worker uses a blow torch to cut through metal inside the hull of a vessel. ? Photo of AFP
A worker uses a blow torch to cut through metal inside the hull of a vessel. ? Photo of AFP
A worker takes a break from clearing out the inside of the hull of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
A worker takes a break from clearing out the inside of the hull of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
Workers take a break from work as they crouch on a platform of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
Workers take a break from work as they crouch on a platform of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
Workers carry sacks filled with scrap metal pieces they picked up on the shore. ? Photo by AFP
Workers carry sacks filled with scrap metal pieces they picked up on the shore. ? Photo by AFP
A worker is enveloped in the fumes coming off a separating wall he is cutting through with his a blow torch. ? Photo by AFP
A worker is enveloped in the fumes coming off a separating wall he is cutting through with his a blow torch. ? Photo by AFP
A recently beached cargo vessel waits to be dismantled. ? Photo by AFP
A recently beached cargo vessel waits to be dismantled. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls on a wire attached to a motor that will help peel away part of the outer structure of a beached vessel. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls on a wire attached to a motor that will help peel away part of the outer structure of a beached vessel. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a vessel. ? Photo by AFP
Shipyard workers walk past cut metal pieces and other remnants of a dismantled ship laid out on the yard in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani. ? Photo by AFP
Shipyard workers walk past cut metal pieces and other remnants of a dismantled ship laid out on the yard in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani. ? Photo by AFP
A worker washes himself at the end of his shift. ? Photo by AFP
A worker washes himself at the end of his shift. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls water from a well to wash himself after the end of his shift. ? Photo by AFP
A worker pulls water from a well to wash himself after the end of his shift. ? Photo by AFP
A worker ends his shift cutting through metal inside the hull of a cargo ship. ? Photo by AFP
A worker ends his shift cutting through metal inside the hull of a cargo ship. ? Photo by AFP
Shipyard workers walk past cut metal pieces and other remnants of a dismantled ship laid out on the yard in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani. ? Photo by AFP
Shipyard workers walk past cut metal pieces and other remnants of a dismantled ship laid out on the yard in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani. ? Photo by AFP

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Cyrus Howell
Sep 18, 2012 10:02pm
In the USA they would be making 300 a week, for five days work.
sam
Sep 18, 2012 05:11pm
is it safe to travel there