Alang is a census town in Bhavnagar district in the Indian state of Gujarat. Because it is home to the Alang Ship Breaking Yard, Alang beaches are considered the world's largest ship graveyard.[1][2]

Alang, India
City
Alang
Ships beached at Alang for scrapping, Satellite view, 17 March 2017
Ships beached at Alang for scrapping, Satellite view, 17 March 2017
Alang, India is located in Gujarat
Alang, India
Alang, India
Alang, India is located in India
Alang, India
Alang, India
Coordinates: 21°23′51″N 72°10′39″E / 21.39750°N 72.17750°E / 21.39750; 72.17750Coordinates: 21°23′51″N 72°10′39″E / 21.39750°N 72.17750°E / 21.39750; 72.17750
CountryIndia
StateGujarat
DistrictBhavnagar
Population
 (2001)
 • Total18,464
Languages
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
Vehicle registrationGJ 04
Websitegujaratindia.com
Ongoing Ship breaking at Alang
SS Norway awaits the ship breakers at Alang, August, 2007

DemographicsEdit

As of the 2001 Indian census,[3] Alang had a population of 18,464. Males constitute 82% of the population and females 18%. Alang has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 89% of the males and 11% of females literate. 7% of the population is under 6 years of age.[citation needed]

EconomyEdit

Mithi Virdi nuclear power plantEdit

Mithi Virdi (or Viradi) is a proposed site consisting of six reactors with a total capacity of 6,600 MW about 3 km (2 mi) north of the ship breaking beach.[4]

The proposed nuclear plant has faced heavy opposition from the local population. The area around the proposed plant is known for growing some of the highest quality kesar mango trees.

Shipbreaking yardEdit

 
Satellite image of ships beached at the Alang Ship Breaking Yard

Alang Ship Breaking Yard is the world's largest ship breaking yard, recycling approximately half of all ships salvaged around the world.[5][6] It is located on the Gulf of Khambhat in Alang, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Since its establishment in 1983,[14] the shipyard has acquired a total wealth of 110.6 billion US dollars, including total assets. This growth has prompted its extension north-east towards Sosiya in Gujarat, and it is now often referred to as the Alang-Sosiya Yard.[15][16]

In popular cultureEdit

On the Road to Alang[17] is a 2005 documentary on passenger ships scrapped at Alang, by Peter Knego of Maritime Matters.[18]

Shipbreakers is a 2004 documentary on the industry in Alang by Michael Kot.[19]

World War Z, a 2006 novel by Max Brooks, features Alang as a destination for refugees seeking to escape a zombie plague by sea.

Battlefield 2042, a 2021 first-person shooter, features Alang as the setting for the multiplayer map Discarded.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FSX Seawise Giant Ultra Tanker". Fly Away Simulation. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Alang Pin Code". citypincode.in. Archived from the original on 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Centre seeks to settle nuclear deal dust". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  5. ^ Langewiesche, William. "The Shipbreakers". August 2000;; Volume 286, No. 2; page 31-49. The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  6. ^ "5 killed in Alang Port Shipbreaking yard blast in Gujarat". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ "FSX Seawise Giant Ultra Tanker". Fly Away Simulation. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  8. ^ "India plans to double Alang shipbreaking capacity • Recycling International". Recycling International. 30 June 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Doubling ship recycling capacity by 2024: Are we ready?". www.downtoearth.org.in. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Carnival Fantasy arrived at Turkey's Aliaga shipbreaking yard for scrapping | Cruise News". CruiseMapper. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Ship recycling yard in Gujarat sees a dip in business". The Financial Express. 16 March 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  12. ^ "How world's largest graveyard of ships turned the tide - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  13. ^ Khakhariya, Nimesh (2 February 2021). "Ship recycling to create 1.5 lakh more jobs in three years". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  14. ^ "India". NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Ship Recycling in Alang – The Changing Scenario". 20 August 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Deccan Herald: April 23, 2020: With Lockdown Relaxation First Vessel Beached At One Of The Biggest Ship Recycling Yards.
  17. ^ "On The Road To Alang". Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Peter Knego". Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  19. ^ "SHIPBREAKERS (2004)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  20. ^ Arts, Electronic (7 June 2021). "Battlefield 2042 Maps – Electronic Arts". Electronic Arts Inc. Archived from the original on 9 June 2021. Retrieved 12 June 2021.

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