Blog: ship recycling and sustainability

We invited Associate Member Lucion Marine to talk about ship recycling and its role in shipping’s sustainability drive. 

This blog was written by Business Manager Kevan O’Neill. 

Shipping operators face various requirements to comply with all manner of international regulations and statutory documentation – and knowing all the appropriate procedures relating to the running and decommissioning of a marine vessel is not an easy task.

Perhaps understandably, operators in Europe recognised fairly quickly what was needed to comply with the new regulations, but the signs are that recycling facilities in other parts of the world are now following suit.

For example we have hosted seminars and workshops in China and Turkey, as well as attending events in Singapore and Europe, and we are now seeing new facilities being established there, and existing ones being upgraded so that they will be able to be able to responsibly, safely and sustainably dismantle and recycle end of life vessels.

The EU Ship Recycling Regulation builds on the original 2009 Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships and aims to implement the Convention quickly, without waiting for its ratification and entry into force.

The safe recycling measures are linked to the need for an on-board Inventory of Hazardous Materials – the so called Green Passport – to ensure the safety of all those who could potentially be exposed to hazardous materials.

Under the new rules, ship recycling yards will be required to provide a ship recycling plan to specify the manner in which each individual vessel will be recycled, depending on its inventory of hazardous materials.

The approved list of recycling yards will recognise those facilities willing to invest in the necessary infrastructure and the employment of fully trained workers to ensure safe and environmentally sound dismantling practices. As such, it is expected that the EU list of approved ship recycling facilities will become a global reference point for sustainable ship recycling. Importantly, for ship owners, using those facilities included on the EU approved list will be the only guarantee that their end-of-life vessels are not causing harm to workers and the environment – which is the fundamental purpose of the new measures.

 

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