Teekay on Ship Recycling

Christian Fjell from Teekay will present their philosophy and first hand experience in recycling of ships.






Thu 06.06.2019 19:00


Young Professionals

Many refer to ship recycling as beaching, as ships are often beached on beaches in India. In 2018 Teknisk Ukeblad wrote: "Norwegian shipowners distance themselves from "beaching" and unsustainable working conditions. Nevertheless, former Norwegian-owned ships end up on Asian beaches where working conditions, health and the environment are not prioritized."

Teekay works hard to see to it that their outdated vessels are recycled in a sustainable environment. Christian Fjell has visited ship recycling yards this spring and will tell us his first hand experience with the topic.  

The EU's own regulation for the topic was put into force in 2019. The regulation means that EU-flagged ships can only be scraped on scrapping yards approved according to "The European List".

The requirements of "The European List" are stricter than the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention, and at times seem impossible to achieve at beach yards. There is a question if the the scraping capacity of approved yards is lower than the market's needs.

The EU regulation may limit the use of beaching yards, but the effect of the regulations is uncertain. According to a report from Maritime Strategies International, around 12% of the world's ships are flying EU flags. Shipbreaking Platform estimates that approx. 40% of the world fleet has European ownership interests. The consequence of lack of scrapping capacity and stricter regulations may be increased flags to states where beaching is permitted.

This is a highly controversial topic.

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