Aftermath - Ships breaking and rebuilding in Bangladesh

PhotographerErberto Zani
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBasel, Switzerland
Photo DateMarch 2016
Technical InfoCanon 5D MK III + Sigma 24-105
Entry Description

Fishing vessels, merchant ships, huge oil tankers: they have been designed and built for resisting to the waves of the ocean in a storm, for lasting decades and carry huge cargoes around the world: but what happens when their end comes, when the last trip begins? In the capital Dhaka and in Chittangong, the second city of country, every year more than 200 big vessels are dismantled, this is a very profitable activity for those who manage it. A medium-sized vessel, for for 3-4 working months, can make from 800 to 900 thousand euro. The profit is due to the recycling of over 90% of the entire hull Most of the vessels are totally dismantled, and some others are repaired with second hand parts and sold for use limited only to Bengali waters. Aftermath, "what happen after", is a reportage not only on the vessels cemeteries, but especially the daily life of workers.

About Photographer

Erberto Zani (Italy, 1978) is a freelance photographer, journalist and photo books designer. Since 1998 he worked as photographer in advertisement sector. Freelance since 2008, most of his works are focused documentary-social themes. He cooperates with companies, magazines and No Profit Organizations, for photographs and editorial projects. Available for assignments internationally, he lives in Basel - Switzerland.