Cruise ships are being dismantled and sold as scrap metal due to the coronavirus pandemic all but destroying the global cruise industry.
- Cruise ships were home to some of the earliest clusters of coronavirus
- The industry has suffered a downturn due to the pandemic
- Vessels from Britain, Italy and the United States have arrived for dismantling
Earlier this month, aerial footage shot by drones showed workers stripping walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels docked in Aliaga, a town 45 kilometres north of Izmir on Turkey’s west coast.
Three more ships are set to join five already being dismantled.
Chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, Kamil Onal, said before the pandemic Turkey’s ship-breaking yards typically handled cargo and container ships.