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post #11 of Old 05-28-2013
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Re: It's Not Just Containers.....

If you want a bit of understanding about global shipping industry including ship breaking you should read, "The Outlaw Sea".

It reads more like a lumping together of several expose's of various aspects of worldwide shipping than a cohesive book, but it was very enlightening for me in a lot of subjects including flags of convenience and how that system came into being, ship breaking and piracy.
For those that don't want to read the book, you'd be amazed at how those giant ships are devoured by barefoot peasants working under appalling conditions. Its essentially like a ants working on a carcass. There is a place in India where they run the ship up on the beach at high tide, then as the gut the ship from inside to lighten it, the haul it higher and higher up the beach until they can cut up and scrap every piece of it. It is dirty, dangerous work, with significant environmental impacts but it provides a living for people that would otherwise not have work. AT the time the book was written environmental issues were putting the location in India out of business but of course other even more impoverished areas were vying to grab the trade. Tough political issue to tackle.

s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36

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