The funeral rites for the world's largest ships are read on the beaches of the Indian subcontinent. When a super tanker or a cargo vessel reaches the end of its useful life, it generally limps towards Chittagong in Bangladesh, Alang in India or Gaddani in Pakistan. Piece by piece, it will be taken apart for recycling, its steel taken away to re-rolling mills.

GMB Akash visited the Gaddani ship-breaking yard north of Karachi. Thousands of men, mostly Pashto migrants, toil over the...
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