Agence France-PresseApril 14, 2013 23:45
Shailesh Madiyar forlornly surveys the giant shipyard in the Indian port of Mandvi. A place synonymous with wooden boat-building for centuries, it now lies largely deserted.
"Four years ago, around 20 ships were being made at any one time, now there are just two," says Madiyar, of the Mandvi shipbuilders' association.
"These days, no more than five or six are made in a year," he said, gesturing towards around a dozen half-built boats which have been shored up like carcasses after construction was abandoned.