The Ship Breakers - In Focus - The Atlantic Laborers climb up an iron chain and ladder to break down a ship for scrap metal at the Gaddani ship breaking yard in Pakistan on November (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)
A Pakistani 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 beached vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some west of Karachi on July
Gaddani Ship-breaking Yard, located 50 km northwest of Karachi, shot to international prominence in the early 1980s as the biggest ship breaking yard anywhere in the world. Ship-breaking had started there much before Pakistan’s independence. But it registered spectacular growth after independence, enabling this industry to enter the club of top ship-breakers in the world by the mid-nineteen-sixties.
Workers climb to enter India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant to dismantle it at a ship-breaking yard in Mumbai. The iconic naval vessel, purchased from Britain in played a key role during the India-Pakistan war of 1971 and was decommissioned in