Alang, Gujarat: The World’s Biggest Ship Breaking Yard & A Dangerous Environmental Time Bomb

Alang in Gujarat is the world’s biggest ship breaking yard with hundreds of ships getting scrapped each year. With increase in the yard’s popularity around the world, there has also been a steep increase in the number of threats posed by the ship breaking yard to the marine environment and laborers working there.

Unlike other countries, India possesses very loose marine environmental protection policies, which have lead to irreversible harm to the surrounding flora and fauna. Several beautiful coral reefs near to the Indian coasts have been completely destroyed and the marine life the affected area has gone haywire.

Ship Breaking Yard

Moreover, Alang has now become an official storage facility for toxic wastes, radioactive elements, poisonous gases, and waste, unusable oil. These toxic have not only entered into the marine food chain by contaminating the oceans but have greatly affected the health of workers, who already live in dilapidated condition with least safety measures and poor health care facilities.

Marine Insight also brings to you exclusive pictures of Alang Shipyard which you cannot find anywhere else.

Alang Gujarat Ship Breaking Yard
Alang Gujarat Ship Breaking Yard

Alang Gujarat Ship Breaking Yard

Alang Gujarat Ship Breaking Yard

Alang Gujarat Ship Breaking Yard 1

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Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.

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  1. Hai Raunek,

    I am from South India. Can you provide any contact details of ship breaking companies in Alang.

    Thank you

  2. I live near here and see broken ships. Lots of broken ships, so many they are more than land. More than land, yes! Have cousin-uncle who works nights breaking ships for small concern and he streams videos of his work. So much work. Loosen ehhhhhh sidewalls and planks, so much work!

  3. I am from Nagpur Maharashtra India. Can you provide any contact details of ship breaking companies in Alang.
    Thank you

  4. I think it’s best to recycle these ship wrecks to save the environment and utilize what ever possible and economise and provide alternative raw materials to various industries and curb inflation.
    If any body could contact me and supply soft Pvc Beadings for reprocessing I would certainly like to become a part of this drive
    # 09911141588

  5. Dear gents

    we are looking to buy old vessels and barge
    we are looking for
    5 of large vessels who carry 50,000 mt years 90s and older
    15 barge years 90s and older use for stone transportation
    10 of vessels which could carry from 20,000 to 30,000 m tones
    best regards with thanks

  6. I would like to buy Russian left-sided ship engine block (6чн 40/46).
    If you have it I’m waiting for your quotation.

    Or maybe guys you can help me to provide preused engine sellers contact details.

    Export manager
    HK Marline Trading LTD

  7. HI,
    I m from Bhavnagar city. Alang is 50 kms away from Bhavnagar city.
    We are supplying marine machinery.
    If any one need help about ALANG contact us

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