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Where the world's ships go to die

The beaches off the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong form one of the world's largest graveyards for ships.

The government of Bangladesh does not allow filming in these huge ship-breaking yards, so the BBC's Simon Reeve and his guide Morshed Ali Khan took a boat trip to view one of the most spectacular sights of the Indian Ocean.

Ship-breaking is dirty and dangerous work and scores of workers are believed to be killed here annually, but for the owners of the yards it is a lucrative business.

Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve continues on Sunday 27 May at 20:00 BST on BBC Two. Catch up online at BBC iPlayer (UK only) or watch more clips at the above link.

Read more about Simon's Indian Ocean adventures or leave a comment on his blog here: From curried fruit bat to armoured underwear

  • 27 May 2012
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