Tales of a Dock- yard

The paradise of metals as u can say to a dock yard. There’s just metals and metals around. Lots of clacking, banging and screeching noises of machines. The smoke and sparks are here and there. The place is always busy, noisy and very harsh indeed. Tales of a dock yard is the story of the the launches and their doctors, the medicine of the launches and side-effects.


The Anchor Welders

Taken from Sadarghat at the entrance of the motor- launch maintenance yard. These guys were welding the anchor chains on the boat. Its a very difficult job to weld anchors and its chains as it can weigh about few several tonnes. And welding on such a heavy thing on a boat makes it much more worse.

The Junior Welder.

Md. Sahin age approx 12 was on the boat where his boss was welding an anchor chain. He was observing the welding with great interest and utmost concentration. He is under internship of Aklas( Welder wearing red shirt) learning the art of fabrication. He also goes out on missions with Aklas as a junior helper. For his service he get 3 times meal a day and occasionally gets money depending on the mood of his boss.

About spark and smoke....

Taken from Keraniganj motor- launch dock yard.
They were welding the underwater part of the hull of the launch. The condition they were working was way too hazardous. According to the rule of hot work (fabrication) all welders must wear protective outfits (like goggles, boiler suit, safety shoes, gloves etc.) But they weren’t wearing any such outfits. The place was smoky and sparks were running here and there. The sparks and smoke made my vision blur (and that’s why the pic is blur too :)) and my nostrils were hurting. I have done welding myself but never in such condition. I was very much awed to see such kind of reluctance in using safety gears in such risky jobs.

Painting the shark's head

Painting, it’s not a fancy thing to color a ship’s hull white or orange or any other color rather it is a very necessary coating to stop marine growth on the ship’s hull. Marine growth could decrease the ship’s speed by a large amount. But this paints contains anti- fouling substances which are very harmful for marine life. There is an anti-fouling regulation for international vessels to regulate harmful substances in paintings maintained by IMO. But for our inland coastal vessels, Is there any laws or regulations to maintain these? I don’t think so. These anti- fouling seems a very small problem amidst more bigger problems. But it is not, it is a severe threat for our marine life and should be brought into light.

Living with metals.

Clang! Clang! Claka- ti- Clang! This man have to endure this irritating sound from about 9am morning upto 6 p.m evening almost everyday. He produces this sound all day long but he is unable to stop himself doing this. Because this is his job, chipping metals his is prime work along with other heavy labour.
Working in a dock yard is like living in the line between light and shadow. This metals give him food, shelter everything but at the same time its taking way the beautiful essence of his life.

Fire at will

Fabrication could be considered as an art form to the welder and cutters as this art form is the source of his income. A fitter/ welder can earn about 200- 300 tk per day depending on his experience and skills.

Oily life

A harsh and unhealthy terrain. That’s all anyone can think about a dock yard. Even ones own reflection is greasy here.

The audacious warrior.

They are brave in their workspace and in their life. They are each a warrior; fighting against all the odds and walking along thin line of  line and death for a better living. They are the ultimate heroes.

Salute to all the Workers of the world>

Artist of reality

They are the ultimate artist . Painting the realm with their rigid hands. Each brush stroke is the story of their life. Each has their own smile and tears. This metallic monster is their life and every components of it bears the witness of their life.
Salute to the artist of reality.



And life goes on...

Tales of a dockyard.Tales of a dockyard, finishes with this 10th number picture. THE TALES OF A DOCKYARD is not the The tales of a dockyard per se but rather a story of the deprived human beings and the humanity involved in this workspace.Working in a dockyard is not just a mere work for them but a lifestyle as it implies for every other job. They live with it everyday and bear it up to the end of their life. Life is harsh here but nothing stops and life goes on and on. Everybody do there daily jobs amidst all the chaos and dangers. They eat, sleep, goes to cinema, have their hair cut, they do everything within their limit. This is their story, this is the story of a dockyard.





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