GRAVE­YARDS OF STEEL

CityPress - - Business -

In Alang, how­ever, there is no need for a large in­vest­ment – the ships are just driven on to the beach and dis­as­sem­bled there. In good years, the beach and its more than 60 000 di­rectly em­ployed work­ers can re­cy­cle hun­dreds of the world’s largest ships into re­in­forc­ing steel rods and other ba­sic con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Oper­a­tions have im­proved re­cently in Alang, but they’re noth­ing com­pared with the quiet trans­for­ma­tion of China’s ship-break­ing in­dus­try. It be­gan in the early 1990s and gath­ered mo­men­tum in the 2000s, when Dan­ish ship­ping gi­ant Maersk teamed up with a

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