Day trip to Chittagong Shipbreaking Yards
$241 per person
A trip to the Chittagong Shipbreaking Yard is like venturing into a world of raw industrial power and captivating chaos. As the sun rises, casting a golden hue over the bustling city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, anticipation fills the air. The shipbreaking yard, located on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, beckons with its enigmatic allure.
As you approach the yard, an eerie sight unfolds before your eyes. Massive steel giants, once majestic vessels traversing vast oceans, now lie beached and defeated, awaiting their final fate. Towering cranes and heavy machinery dominate the landscape, their mechanical symphony reverberating through the air. The energy is palpable, a juxtaposition of excitement and solemnity.
A sense of wonder and fascination envelops your eyes. The sheer scale of the operation is mind-boggling. Skilled workers, clad in protective gear, navigate the labyrinthine pathways, their dedication evident in every move they make. They dismantle the ships with precision, working tirelessly to salvage every usable piece of metal, creating a ballet of human endeavor amidst the remnants of maritime history.
The stark contrast between the past and the present will be evident as you walk along the rows of bare vessels. Peering into the empty hulls, imagine the stories these ships hold, the voyages they undertook, and the countless lives they touched. The shipbreaking yard becomes a living testament to the ebb and flow of time, a place where relics of the past are reincarnated into the materials that shape our future.
However, amidst the grandeur and fascination, there are inherent dangers and environmental concerns that surround this industry. The constant battle for worker safety and the impact on the surrounding ecosystem cast a shadow over the experience. It serves as a reminder that progress comes at a price, and responsible practices must be embraced to ensure a sustainable future.
Travelers’ physical fitness, flexibility and willingness to accept some uncertainties are required on this trip. This trip depends on river tides, weather and some other local circumstances, like walking through deep mud to reach a shipbreaking yard. Our main goal is to get the most out of the day.
A photographer will find hundreds of stories to follow for a day around shipbreaking yards, fishermen’s villages, morning fish markets, flea markets, old towns, shipbuilding yards, salt harvesting and refining old fashion industry, various recycling industries, old bazaar areas, Karnaphuli River and architectures.
Bangladesh’s second largest and commercially important port city, standing on the northern bank of the Karnaphuli River, has the busiest seaport. Chittagong has a population of around 8.6 million (in 2017). The climate is pleasant year-round; it becomes cooler in winter and slightly hot and humid during the summer—the annual rainfall of Chittagong is on average 2735 mm (107.7 in) per year. The Chittagong region is still an off-the-beaten-track.
Leaving the Chittagong Shipbreaking Yard, you will carry a multitude of emotions and a newfound appreciation for the intricacies of global trade and the human spirit. It is a place where the past meets the present, where resilience and resourcefulness thrive amidst adversity. The shipbreaking yard stands as a testament to our ability to reshape and repurpose, reminding us that even in the face of change, the spirit of innovation endures.
- Basic Plan
Per-person trip price for a group of 4+ PAX
DeparturePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Departure TimeApproximately 8:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, closed shoes, hat. Warm jacket during the winter (November to February). Raincoat/ umbrella during the rainy season (May to August). Full sleeves are always necessary while visiting any religious place, mosque, temple, church or a trip during Ramadan.
IncludedAC vehicle with experienced chauffeur for sightseeing and transfersAll air, bus, train and launch tickets as per itineraryAll entrance fees and local permitsAll Museum TicketsAll rickshaw/ cycle / boat / local transportsBottled water, soft drinks and seasonal fruits during the sightseeingExpert English-Speaking GuideLunchTrip as per itineraryTypical Souvenir
Not IncludedAccommodation in twin sharing basis as per itineraryAny activity not mentioned in the itinerary.DinnerGratuitiesLocal guide/ escort/ experts/ academicsPersonal expenses