Where the world's ships go to die
27 May 2012 Last updated at 01:02 BST
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.
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