Each year, approximately 800 ocean ships reach the end of their service life and are broken down to recover steel. Yet only a fraction is handled in a safe, sustainable manner. More than 80% of all end-of-life ships are simply run ashore on tidal beaches in developing countries such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, where unscrupulous shipbreaking companies exploit minimal enforcement of environmental and safety rules to maximize profits.

Here is the video called A Fish Out of Water by photographer Tim Mitchell which recorded the whole process of a ship breaking up to be recycled in Canada Docks in Liverpool between Oct 2009 and May 2011.

Commissioned by The Waste Of The World
anthropology project.