A ship being built in Mandvi
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Anti-piracy legislation threatens Mandvi's shipbuilding industry

For hundreds of years shipbuilders in the city of Mandvi in India's Gujarat state have constructed wooden cargo boats - known as Dhows - for use on lucrative trade routes to the Middle East and Africa.

Following a string of attacks by Somali pirates, new regulations where introduced in 2010 which ban certain Indian cargo vessels, including dhows, from sailing south of Oman into the dangerous waters off Somalia - and these regulations have caused demand for ship construction in Mandvi to plummet.

Tom Bayly reports.

  • 15 Apr 2013
  • From the section Asia