Tim Dirven

Fort Dauphin, Taolagnaro, MADAGASCAR

Two men use an oxyacetylene torch to cut through the hull of a part submerged wrecked ship. Once cut into manageable pieces they will manhandle the metal ashore. In 2011 Indian scrap merchants signed a deal with the government of Madagascar that gave them rights over the salvage of the many wrecks off Port Dauphin, on the island's southernmost tip. Labourers for this heavy work were easily found among the unemployed fishermen of the region. Armed with metal cutters, hammers and chisels they cut the rusting hulks into movable pieces that are shipped in containers to ironworks in India. The men earn GBP 1.00 per day for this backbreaking work. The boats are dismantled up to the waterline leaving a piece of the wreckage remains on the seabed. Groups of fishermen still try to recover the remaining metal, they dive with snorkels and hacksaws to the wreckage as they can earn GBP 75.00 per ton of metal they drag to the warehouse.

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Tim Dirven
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Fort Dauphin, Taolagnaro
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MADAGASCAR
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