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INCOMING! FRONT DRIVER’s Last Port of Call — Gadani Beach Pakistan

Shipbreaking: What I love best about this is the overwhelming inevitability once the ship comes into viewAt Gadani Beach, where the pure products of the first world are reduced to rubble and rust by the third world. At  Pakistan’s Gadani Beach, 40 kilometers west of Karachi City, where men with saws of fire come every day to do a job of work.

Supertanker FRONT DRIVER, built in 1991 by Hyundai Heavy Industries South Korea (and owned by Frontline Management of Norway) – Now at the end of it’s service life comes to Gadani beach of Pakistan, for decommissioning and breaking. All the steel (almost 90,000 tons of it) will now get recycled, and used within Pakistan.

6:18 Collision Alarm

7:15 FRONT DRIVER is now officially part of Pakistan’s territory.

11:57 Captain Siddique and his crew now cut their way out of the ship.

15:15 Ship’s condition after a few days.  –[HT: Rob De Witt]

UPDATE:Look at it on google map, about 2 miles north of the Gaddani Boat Basin, right on the beach, if you zoom in close in “real” view, you’ll see a large jet in mid air with a strange colored apparition right next to it. Next to a community called Goth Abdullah. — ghostsniper


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  • Cris March 3, 2018, 5:10 PM

    That definitely calls for the greatest (only?) song about ship-breaking,
    Mark Knopfler’s ‘So Far from the Clyde’ :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BXiPzRCFJc

  • Roger in Republic March 3, 2018, 6:40 PM

    That stretch of beech is said to be one of the most polluted spots on earth. Like Chernobyl without the radiation.

  • Snakepit Kansas March 4, 2018, 5:32 AM

    Wow. Working in that environment with open toed sandals, no hearing protection and absolute minimal safety equipment.

  • ghostsniper March 4, 2018, 6:43 AM

    Look at it on google map, about 2 miles north of the Gaddani Boat Basin, right on the beach, if you zoom in close in “real” view, you’ll see a large jet in mid air with a strange colored apparition right next to it. Next to a community called Goth Abdullah.

  • Punditarian March 4, 2018, 8:06 AM

    Very sad to see a great ship, the product of so much knowledge and energy and effort, that has over years contributed so much to the world, while braving the seas through who knows what conditions, driven to destruction and dismemberment on what must be the ships’ equivalent of the Burning Gats. So must annihilation come to us all – though it be only the annihilation of form – the congealed starlight that is matter will continue in other entities.

  • BillH March 4, 2018, 8:24 AM

    I flew around the ME/west Asia a lot in the ’50s-’60s. Many layovers in Karachi, Tehran, Dhahran, Beirut, Tripoli, and places in Turkey. The beach in that video is as clean and attractive as any place I ever saw, and a lot more interesting.

  • Skorpion March 5, 2018, 12:46 PM

    I once heard someone say that one of the main differences between Asia and Africa, is that in the former, the West’s industrial junk gets efficiently and fully recycled and turned into new products, whereas in the latter, it just sits and rusts, only occasionally raided for the odd bit of precious metal-bearing circuitry.

  • Snakepit Kansas March 5, 2018, 6:44 PM

    I spent a bit of time in Africa and Asia. Most in the latter. Any kind of scrap metal was coveted in Asia. The pool boy in the Philippines asked if he could collect my empty aluminum San Mig beer cans from the trash. In the tourist area of Cu Chi, Vietnam in 2003 there was an old American armored personnel carrier at the site of the old battle ground. The area was full of bunkers, tunnels and old American equipment. Anything that could be unbolted from this old APC was long gone.

    At the gun range I work at, we have a very large metal bin out back that we dump the backstop lead into. We dump it weekly but have had to start locking the bin up as some of the locals have come late at night to shovel out the lead to resell themselves.

    If there is a market for scrap metal, the poor folks, regardless of location, will figure out how to leverage it.

  • Punditarian March 6, 2018, 8:13 AM

    Somehow this reminds me of two movies from 1955, John Wayne in “The Sea Chase,” and Richard Attenborough in “The Ship that Died of Shame.”