GRAVEYARDS OF STEEL
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