Shipbreaking in Bangladesh
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60 Minutes: The Ship Breakers
The Shipbreakers of Bangladesh
National Geographic: Ship Breaking
What is ship breaking?
a crazy sport played in Asia
the process or taking apart a large ship and recycling or reusing its parts
a very complicated naval technique to avoid tidal waves
testing old ships to see if they can still sail or not
Where is Bangladesh?
Which number in the map above shows the location of Bangladesh where the shipbreaking yards of Chittagong are?
What are some reasons that shipbreaking is done in countries like Bangladesh and not places like America, Europe, or Taiwan?
labor is very cheap
the government doesn't care about the environmental damage
these countries have the best technology to do the job
they don't have metal resources of their own
people in those countries are skilled at this job
How did shipbreaking start in Bangladesh?
The king ordered it in 1956
a big ship washed ashore during a cyclone in 1965, and it was scavenged by the people
a drought hit the country in 1965, and poor farmers needed work
the UN resolution in 1965 moved all shipbreaking there
What happens to almost all of the metal taken off of the ship?
it is exported to other countries
it is used to make cars
it gets turned into rebar (long steel bars)
it is used to make new ships
What is the most sophisticated tool used by the shipbreakers on the beaches?
toxic fume detectors
What is the most valuable part of an old ship that gets sold and reused?
the steel hull
the wires inside the ship
the computers on board
Where do almost all of the big ships that get taken apart by shipbreakers come from?
Western countries (Europe, US, Canada, etc.)
About how many ships get broken down on the shipbreaking beaches of Bangladesh every year?
What makes shipbreaking such a dangerous job?
toxic materials everywhere
fast moving ships
no safety equipment or job training
About how much of a ship gets recycled or reused?
What happens to the hazardous waste and toxic chemicals from the ships that no one wants?
they get taken to a special treatment facility
they are put in storage tanks and buried in a special garbage dump
they get recycled, too
Silly teacher, nothing happens to those things. they are just thrown aside and left on the beach
Many people are angry about shipbreaking in poor countries like Bangladesh. What are some of the reasons why?
terrible for the environment
it's a waste of good ships
unhealthy and dangerous working conditions
takes workers away from the farms
hazardous (toxic) waste
nobody wants the resources from the ships
Where do most of the workers in the shipbreaking yards come from?
the very poor northern part of the country
the local villages nearby
from other countries
the southern fishing villages
How many of the shipbreakers are under the age of 18?
What is the number one thing that can be fixed about the shipbreaking industry and how it is done?
workers can be paid more
stop the child labor
break the ships in dry dock
have the shipping companies clean the ships before selling them
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