From Oil Field to Ship Breaking

Edward Burtynsky has photographed the oil industry from beginning to end, its “fields, factories, and graveyards.” One link in the chain is a profession I had never heard of: Ship breaking.

Ship breaking is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for scrap recycling, with the hulls being discarded in ship graveyards. Most ships have a lifespan of a few decades before there is so much wear that refitting and repair becomes uneconomical. Ship breaking allows materials from the ship, especially steel, to be reused.

Here it is, visually:

shipbreaking

The other pictures are in a similar majestically industrial vein.

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