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Insane Photos Inside Turkish Cruise Ship Graveyard Revealed

Incredible footage shows how cruise ships are demolished when they reach the end of their life. The giant 850 million Australian dollar ships are taken to specialist shipyards, such as Aliaga in Turkey, and then dismantled piece by piece.

Despite the value of the ships, the Covid pandemic has hit the cruise industry to the extent that it is more economical for them to be sold for scrap.

The images, some of which were taken amid the pandemic, show where the ships make their sad final journey to the yard where they first sail into dry land, leaving the stern still afloat.

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Then, a huge team of around 2500 shipbreaking crew starts dismantling the huge ship.

The process usually begins at the bow, with workers working their way through the ship until they reach the stern.

At first, expensive navigational equipment is removed, along with all furniture, including beds, floors, and even pianos.

Aliaga shipyard manager Emre Aras said cruise ships present a unique challenge compared to other ships he dismantles.

“I can safely say that cruise ships are the most difficult type of ship to dismantle because there are hundreds of parts on board,” he said.

Next comes the dismantling of all floors, walls, handrails and windows with plenty of saws and blowtorches needed to complete the job.

Massive sections of the hull are moved overhead with massive cranes capable of lifting 2000 ton objects at one go.

From start to finish, it takes about a year to dismantle a cruise ship, about double the time it takes to break up a freighter.

All parts are moved into separate piles and accessories are sold to places like restaurants and hotels, while steel is smelted and used in industry.

In addition to Aliaga, other cruise ship cemeteries include Alang, India and Chittagong in Bangladesh.

These shipyards are not specifically cruise ships and dismantle hundreds of giant ships, including freighters and tankers.

Joining the ranks of ships to be dismantled is the World Dream II which must be demolished even before its maiden voyage.

The 20-deck ship can carry 9,000 passengers and is expected to be worth A$1.5 billion.

Onboard amenities include an outdoor water park and a swanky cinema.

German-Hong Kong shipbuilder MV Werften had nearly completed construction of the vessel when the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

So far, no buyer for the huge ship has been found – and it is now ready to be scrapped.

This article originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced with permission