Lucion Marine taking on hazardous materials aboard ships
Ship recycling yards are in need of an image change, and an image change can only come about through more fundamental adjustments to how these places operate and function. Ship recycling yards exist to oversee the dismantling of commercial vehicles, a crucial and necessary service, but recent developments have brought the current methods employed into question. It suggests that there are some key changes coming to the marine industry, but thankfully they are changes for the better.
Why do we need change?
Change is required for a few key reasons. The first is that recycling commercial vehicles has been revealed as a largely unsafe practice by organisations such as the Hong Kong Convention and the International Maritime Organisation. In the wake of such discoveries, adjustments to practices and approaches have been needed and proper solutions to ensure that ships are safely dismantled need to be developed.
Why is the recycling of commercial ships so unsafe in the first place? Essentially, most commercial ships that are currently in use have been built with hazardous materials that are potentially harmful to the people using them. As a result, there has become a clear and present need for proper hazard management. Consequently, ship recycling yards will now have to carry out their work in compliance with the new EU ship recycling regulations. This includes:
Making efforts to become more environmentally conscious and carry out green practices
Requesting access to the inventory of hazardous materials for any ship before accepting it into the yard
Complying to a minimum standard entry requirement in order to bid on EU ships to recycle
As you can see, these are some serious adjustments to current practices, meaning that there also need to be services that can better enable these changes.
What can be done?
It’s clear that ship recycling needs to be done safely and securely in order to prevent the release of harmful and hazardous materials that may have a negative impact on the public. Lucion Marine is the sister company to Lucion Environmental; it is an independent consultancy that specialises in the organisation and management of asbestos disposal.
Currently Lucion Marine is carrying out valuable work with various ship yards across the UK. Their services, for instance, can help to bring your ships yards up to these new standards and meet these new regulations, allowing you to continue your work successfully. They have already helped ship yards to get onto the approved list and can do the same for your yard, carrying out an inspection and offering you helpful points for improvement. They can also help you to identify and categorise any hazardous materials on the ships you’re currently dismantling.
As time goes on, more and more ship recycling yards will require that ships be able to provide the inventory of hazardous materials, and more and more yards will work to comply with these new recycling standards. Though the changes are significant, they are also for the betterment of the marine industry as a whole, enabling a safer future for everyone. For more information please visit http://www.lucionmarine.com.