The deadly business of dismantling ships in Bangladesh
Chittagong is Bangladesh’s second largest city and the heart of the country’s lucrative shipbreaking industry. RTD investigates appalling working conditions and human rights violations in the shipbreaking yards. With no health and safety provisions or proper training, employees are constantly at risk of serious injury and even death.
Fatalities occur frequently and victims’ families are unlikely to receive compensation of any kind. The maritime scrapyards are closely guarded and access is denied to media and researchers. Because the local and national governments are heavily involved in the business, the workers have little chance of improving their conditions.