Caulking irons, caulking mallet and hemp fiber (oakum) are seen on the board of a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. Caulking irons, caulking mallet and hemp fiber (oakum) are seen on the board of a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
Ecuadorian shipbuilding workers build a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. Ecuadorian shipbuilding workers build a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
An Ecuadorian shipbuilding worker builds a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. An Ecuadorian shipbuilding worker builds a traditional wooden fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
The stern of a traditional fishing wooden vessel is seen being repaired in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. The stern of a traditional fishing wooden vessel is seen being repaired in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
A wooden keel is seen during the construction process of a traditional fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. A wooden keel is seen during the construction process of a traditional fishing vessel in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
Ecuadorian shipbuilding workers provide maintenance to the traditional wooden fishing vessels in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. Ecuadorian shipbuilding workers provide maintenance to the traditional wooden fishing vessels in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.
The unfinished wooden fishing vessels are seen during the sunset in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador. The unfinished wooden fishing vessels are seen during the sunset in an artisanal shipyard on the beach in Manta, Ecuador.

Fishing vessel shipyard

Manta, Ecuador – 2012 - 2014

The construction process of a traditional wooden fishing vessel takes 3-4 months to complete, depending on the ship size and purpose (fish capture methods). Although a wooden boat tends to be more stable on the sea and less expensive to build (up to $0.5 million USD), it needs a maintenance every 2 years, while a fiberglass-made boat, costing almost double the wooden one, may serve 5-6 years without any repairs. The shipyard produces 6-8 vessels every year.

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