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The Ship Breakers of Bangladesh: VICE INTL

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There aren't too many places left in the world where the practice of ship breaking—scrapping old ships for metal—can still exist. These days, environmental and labor regulations in the developed world have displaced the practice to India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, where cargo carriers are salvaged for their steel. The largest vessels wind up on the shores of the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, where the industry has become a vital part of the country's urbanization. It employs roughly 200,000 workers and supplies the country with 80 percent of its steel. Ship breakers beach and dismantle vessels daily wearing flip­-flops and T-shirts. It's no easy task, considering ships are constructed to withstand the elements for the 30 years they spend operating on international waters. We decided to check it out. Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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friend request (1 day ago)
imagine USA spending trillions on people around the world and not on wars, i know, overpopulation is another thing, but damn... we could still live in a better world
MM R (3 days ago)
OMG.. no gloves, no shoes, no safety goggles let alone any safety standards or basic protection. So sad. Exposure to toxic waste is unacceptable.Needs to be changed right away. It doesn’t take that much! Corrupt government
Jeffery Bauduin (3 days ago)
This is a tool box “don’t touch that” *gives camera nervous look”
Jacob Lesniak (5 days ago)
Any one have an idea on how to donate safety equipment to workers like this?? I’m talking used hard hats, steel toe boots, gloves, fr clothing, eye protection? Love seeing my fellow man working for his family, but also nice knowing that man will go home to his family
Deron Davis (6 days ago)
And the cno is like I get thousands of dollars to stand so I don't care what happens to them and that is sad
Jubeer (7 days ago)
Dude pronounced Chittagong shit-a-gong...
The Bomb Digity (13 days ago)
Man it's weird to look back at old vice videos and realize they used to be an actually decent media outlet. Now they are just another BuzzFeed, a massive joke.
LuckasMS (13 days ago)
This is a stage most of the industrialized world went through in the 1800's up to the beginning of the 1900's.Progress will come with time if they organize and demand better conditions from their government
Frank The Rabbit (14 days ago)
Well, somebodys gotta do it
Oliver Mayo (14 days ago)
People keep looking for people to blame for this. The fact is that a few hundred years ago people in America or Britain were doing similarly dangerous manual jobs. They had no protective gear, no unions no hospitals. Its exactly the same. Entire families died in coal mining disasters. This is howa country develops. There is no shortcut. If the government wants to stop people doing this then provide another form of employment.
silvestree1 (16 days ago)
They need to haul these ships on land and make homes out of them
Kansas Drifter (18 days ago)
And you thought you had a tough, rough day huh ???
Zachary Thomas (17 days ago)
All their doing is cutting shit with no safety shit. I'm sure theres some tricks to it, but it dont seem that bad. Ain't as bad as Pittsburgh use to be.
Allen Blakey (18 days ago)
Mother fuckers wrote “SAFETY FIRST” on there walls @9:14, in English!! WTF bro lol! Yes some might know what it says, but given there work conditions. Those who can read it I’m pretty sure are there shift supervisors. Who only care about productivity.
Dannysubliminal (19 days ago)
I'd love to photograph that place, Steve McCurry style.
CraftsMAN (19 days ago)
Dear feminists........
Accel Well (20 days ago)
Does anyone know what the opening song is?
xx2345000 (20 days ago)
And I can't get a goddamn plastic straw in California WTF???????????????????
Derek Ross (20 days ago)
“It’s not an easy job, there are hardships.”
das wright (22 days ago)
Life is cheap over there,be thankful you live in the US,maybe they could all move to your country,you think?!
WILL BAKE (23 days ago)
And you mutha fuckas BITCHEN about the wait at Chick Fil drive through line.
last man breathing (24 days ago)
If you stop to think about it every part of this Earth it's a really piece of s***poor people so poor poor people feel so bad for them all over the world
last man breathing (24 days ago)
5:31 looks like a dream
Seth Robinson (1 month ago)
Thought he said shit a gong.
Bis Aurelius (1 month ago)
if i had a billion dollars i'd make this into a proper company with proper infrastructure and organized labour etc.
Wong Elfski (1 month ago)
Shit governments allow this. Think about that next time you bitch abt trump
Zachary Thomas (17 days ago)
Industry in America means less industry in these degenerate countries that can look at us and see how not to be a shithole but for some reason dont do it.
archisaurus (1 month ago)
The west did all of this too. Now its there. One day they will have regulations and it will move somewhere else. Every developed nation has gone through this. America was like this at one time. Why does Vice alwYs make this about racism? They are slowly but surely degrading the meaning of the word.
Tumeg (1 month ago)
ghoul boys music in the beginning
Andrew Starkey (1 month ago)
This is nothing compared to the modern day slavery in America 😂😂😂 these spoon fed Americans we have just don't know how gravy they have it
Tom Servo (1 month ago)
unfortunately, the city's name sounds like 'shit-a-gone'
bobl78 (1 month ago)
and our biggest concern is when the new IPhone comes out and that our buddy now has a bigger car
Drake (2 months ago)
crazy to think I could have been born into this life just as easily as I was born into a comfortable life in America
Ryan gst (2 months ago)
fuckin sucks smh
Priyansh Singhal (2 months ago)
I though the largest ship breaking industry is in Gujarat...
Poji Shinozie (2 months ago)
'white' ppl are bad. They started war, slavery n murder, invading countries n stealing resources. They dham proud doing it. Not particularly American, white Arab, Rom, Nazi, Japanese.. If i was Thenos i would wiped all Human. They all don't deserve this dirt planet.
Nidhi Krishnamurthy (2 months ago)
🇧🇩is will continue to suffer Insha'Allah because they were foolish enough to form their own country without having any supporting infrastructure or institutions, stupid poor people.
mgmcd1 (2 months ago)
I thought this was a piece on Roland Buerk’s “Breaking Ships”, 2006 Penguin. Awesome, tragic read.
cbrooen (2 months ago)
Rapers need a job also
DORIAN the DETECTOR (2 months ago)
The Bangladeshi kids won’t know any different they are basically born in to it. Just like old Britain the chimney sweeps the mill workers steel workers and so on. It’s just a shame it’s like they are stuck in time it’s getting worse with poverty. Rich are getting richer poor are staying poor. There are people that eat to live and there are people that live to eat.
inoita11 (2 months ago)
Crazy that there are people in the world that do stuff like this to survive because they don't have a government to rely on. But then there are people in the US that are too good to even pick up a shovel at a job that is 10x more safe and pays 30 times what this does.
miniballer13 (2 months ago)
It would be great if you guys could actually show us what their doing not just their home life
subie123 subie456 (2 months ago)
He can't bear the job, but someone had multiple kids, well....
Sir Nicholas D (2 months ago)
Lol
dropn loads (2 months ago)
Oxygen and acetylene are not cheap. How do these durka durka durkas afford endless supplies of cutting gas is beyond me
William Jenkins (2 months ago)
I was thinking the same thing. Their payroll is probably so damn low though so I could see it.
certified Sex Ninja (2 months ago)
I'm always utterly confused when I watch documentaries doesn't matter if it's my own country another country there's always people who can't feed themselves but choose to have kids that makes no sense you're adding to the problem literally f****** retards
snuff 99 (2 months ago)
So fuckin funny how people in developed countries complain about the most pathetic things. These ship salvagers are fucking stoic men.
Nateik (2 months ago)
The 16 year old looks so small.my dad says that he grew up short because of malnutrition. I wonder if that kid eats enough
Restu Adi (3 months ago)
guys, you should do student protest in bangladesh.....
Nate Lav (3 months ago)
This makes me think about the kinda stuff we complain about here in the us. Imagine working 16 hours for 3 dollars and coming home to support your family in their sheet metal home at the age of 16
Jesus Zaragoza (3 months ago)
Fuck trump america is great
Tony Chopper (3 months ago)
At they end of the day they have a choice to accept or not accept the conditions.
jjbrown16 (3 months ago)
And people are fuckn worried about what pronouns to call someone.
soicy (3 months ago)
Wow this is so sad Alexa play despacito
t g (3 months ago)
And some workers throw a fit if there's not a transgender bathroom.
Nerolus (3 months ago)
You could've called them the Shipwreckers and you went with Ship Breakers? Cmon.
Doug Hopkins (3 months ago)
That boy wasn't 16 more like 12 but hey he's helping his family.
Could be malnourishment. I doubt anyone out there has proper nutrition and that will stunt growth in all kinds of ways.
East Bay Angler (3 months ago)
Never chittagong there in the first place...
Ethan (3 months ago)
This is how people live! just shows to go god isn't real.
bruh (3 months ago)
There's no was that young boy is 16. He doesn't look a day over 12
Crazy Clown (3 months ago)
*Att Indians. Stop defecating in your streets you filthy pigs*
Crazy Clown (2 months ago)
The Polymath0001 *You very stupid man*
Crazy Clown (2 months ago)
The Polymath0001 *<---THIS LOSER DEFECATES IN THE STREETS THE DIRTY FUCKING PIG*
Crazy Clown (2 months ago)
The Polymath0001 *<----CAUTION A RETARDED LOSER DETECTED*
Chandan Bhowal (3 months ago)
Bengladesh Shittagong Why can't yall pronounce words properly.
Medical Doll (3 months ago)
Two words::: BIRTH CONTROL!! Problem not solved, but definitely improved.
srfr135 (3 months ago)
Eliminate the minimum wage! Glad these guys have a “right to work!”
Jorge Jasso (3 months ago)
Well atleast they have jobs and not stealing or killing ...like some mf
XtremeBudgetMusician (3 months ago)
That "16" year old kid is more like 12
Raddz5000 (3 months ago)
*Hand movements*
scoob doo (4 months ago)
Great Vice.... he almost got killed by those angry hindus!
lowboy1one1 (4 months ago)
Get these guys some steel toe sandals
OMMBoy (4 months ago)
I love this, the free market in the works. Little government intervention. People taking responsibility.
Ed O (4 months ago)
So European ship owners, to avoid dumping all those asbestos in their country they send them to a poor area with unregulated safety measures. The least they can do is provide them with proper personal protective clothing and equipment
ス ス (4 months ago)
Its not that people dont care about environment. Its that their 1st priority is survival.nothing rong with that imo
Taco Stacks (4 months ago)
scrap life
To Da moon (4 months ago)
Some of us complain bout job n life,this people put their life everyday to this dangerous job
Lunchlady Steve (4 months ago)
Poor as hell and they still pump kids out. I don’t pity them at all. Selfish and stupid.
Virginia Gordon (3 months ago)
Lunchlady Steve I feel bad but I can't help but agree with you and I found It odd how the mother worries about her son at work but she won't get a job
Mr Andrew (4 months ago)
the sign says"Safety First"
Jon Garcia (4 months ago)
all they need is OSHA and PPE and everyone will stop crying
sirlillo (4 months ago)
this is the real Vice
Parker Ross (4 months ago)
That kid thought he was going to get shot when he open the tool box and someone yelled don’t open that lol that kids face made me lmfao
Tim Rodriguez (4 months ago)
Don't have kids then you don't have to do the dangerous job... Problem solved.
Virginia Gordon (3 months ago)
Tim Rodriguez it's almost like they can't stop a busting nut
Prison Mike (4 months ago)
Shithole country
shamir bhuiyan (4 months ago)
Being a Bengali myself, have to say the translation by Vice isnt very good. Nevertheless a good documentary showing the lives of these poor and desperate people. Reminds me of a teaching of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him: to look at the people below us and not those above us in wealth and status, lest we forget God's blessings that we enjoy
NUFFSANUFF MAGA (4 months ago)
Yes another bunch of mentally retarded people who have multiple kids to make their lives harder than they need to be and allow kids to grow up in squalor and filth. Child abuse
Chano Acosta (4 months ago)
and yall complain cuz it take 2 weeks to cash in ur 401k in advance
SHERMAN YOUNG (4 months ago)
Americans are so weak 😂
William Jenkins (2 months ago)
You sound intelligent.
Matthew Skarbinski (4 months ago)
When people in America say they have it rough
TheShockLoad (4 months ago)
I saw one worker not wearing his safety glasses. If their boss see this they will be fired on spot for neglect for safety. Thanks vice, thanks. Could have at least blurred that workers face out.
Operaton Creation (4 months ago)
they live in such filthy conditions... yet they still bring many kids into the world to live like that... how do you not judge these people as animals...
Senile Pile (4 months ago)
I hope they are all dead by now
Jono Murphy (4 months ago)
3 US dollars a day, this means we could potentially go there and employ someone as a PA(paid slave) and give an offer they can't refuse 5 dollars a day lol
VampCaff (4 months ago)
It's even crazier thinking what would happen to these ships if no one repurposed them.
R de Kort (4 months ago)
Keep up the good work in Bangladesh 💪👍
Bastiaan Marcelis (4 months ago)
Is this helping? 7:30
FoxyDoxy (4 months ago)
i mean someones gotta do it
Preetha Suresh (5 months ago)
The way world works.
BelligerentTruth (5 months ago)
BAHAHA the host is wearing a woman's sweater.
Karna Ray (5 months ago)
HOLY FUCK HE CALLED IT SHITTAGONG
Lenard Malcolm (5 months ago)
I do not feel bad 3rd world country’s are the way they are due to a lower IQ corruption and so on in other words I don’t care not a my problem thing.
MiMi Loves (5 months ago)
This is a big example of the rich being selfish & disgusting for the evil love of money.
Trevor Morgan (7 months ago)
3:25 what kinda bullshit knife is that? Use a regular knife like the rest of the developed world, jesus.
TenSecVidz (7 months ago)
thanks capitalism
Bruce Harrington (7 months ago)
How are all those people using welders not fucking blind..

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