Congratulations to Zoriah.net contributor G.M.B Akash for winning the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year award. Since his last post here, Akash has been busy with a cover story for Geo, a cover photo on the Guardian and as usual, winning more awards than anyone I know. I am very pleased to present Akash's recent, award winning work on Ship Breaking in Pakistan.
Ships are purchased and then demolished in ship breaking yards and sent to steel re-rolling mills for reuse as raw material for production of steel. Currently, the international ship demolition market is centered on the Indian subcontinent, while a large number of tankers find their way to scrap yards in Pakistan and Bangladesh,
The workers in Gaddani, Pakistan are mostly Pashtu people from the Northern Territories close to the Afghan border. They are seasonal workers, spending the other part of their time working as farmers in their homelands. They are quite poor and what you would call fundamentalists in their Islamic believes. They are hard workers, tall, strong, and proud yet soft spoken.