Green Ship Recycling -

Green Ship Recycling

08 May 2018

Certification activities according to the Hong Kong Convention 2009 and/or Regulation (EU) 1257/13 of the European Parliament and the Council

A ship recycle yard that conducts ship breaking and recycle of the ship’s outfits, machineries, and infrastructure should be well designed in order to comply to all regulations that prevent it from producing harmful and polluting wastes to human and environment.

Ship recycling industry has long been known for unacceptable conditions of the workers and for causing pollution and irreversible damage to the local marine environment:

  • workers working in most ship recycling facilities are exposed to hazardous substances and they work without proper protective equipment
  • recycling facilities having no containment equipment and facilities to deal with large spill and hazardous waste are a threat to marine environment and ecology of the area where the ships are dismantled
  • hazardous substances generated during ship recycling if discharged into the atmosphere including sea, land and air causes pollution and irreparable damage to the environment.

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2009 and the European Regulation n. 1257 adopted by European Parliament and Council in November 2013 provide a legally binding instrument which ensures that the process of ship recycling does not pose risks to human health, safety and to the environment.

The life cycle of a ship has an age limit related to its operation. When the ship is not economically profitable any more, it will be recycled or scrapped. Since the scrapped ship has plenty of hazardous materials, special care should be carried out to manage the wastes in accordance with the national and international available regulations.

This is why it is very important to apply proportionate controls to ship recycling facilities.

Giovanni D'Angelo