Lucion Marine can offer ship owners help in preparing a Ship Recycling Plan
The marine industry has a strong focus on health and safety like any other, but as time has gone it’s become clear that there were certain areas in which improvement was needed. Since this initial discovery, there have been various conferences and revisions made to the relevant policies to do with ship construction, with specific reference to ship recycling and construction.
All ships lives must come to an end, so it’s important that they are recycled in a way to meets the standards established by the relevant authorities, such as the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea convention) . These organisations are dedicated to improving the overall safety and general practices in the marine industry. Taking apart a commercial ship is hard work and poses more risks than you might expect, including the removal of hazardous waste, so it’s vital that there be strong and effective policies and practices in place in order to properly tackle the issue.
Ensuring that hazardous material identification is carried out safely and securely is one of the highest priorities in the marine industry these days, and with good reason. Past construction methods, while effective for their purpose at the time, have since been discovered to be less safe than modern methods would prefer. The key issue that emerged from research into the area is that a lot of older ships have been built with what have since been discovered as harmful materials.
One such harmful material is asbestos. Asbestos is one of the most hazardous materials to have been used in construction, not just in ship building but other forms of construction as well. Awareness of asbestos has thankfully increased in vast amounts over the years, but it remains that the material is extremely harmful and is one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry, so this shift in focus towards proper asbestos disposal can only be a positive. Raised awareness towards asbestos leads to raised awareness for other harmful materials, which in turn leads to re-evaluation of policy and effective change within the industry. As time goes on, these improved policies will lead to much more effective and secure practices that work from the inside out.
If you work in this industry and specialise in the recycling of ships, then you must ensure that the ship owner has access to a list of hazardous materials that they can then provide to you. This is vital, as it’s what will help you to dismantle the ship in safety. If the list proves that the ship does contain hazardous materials then it’s worth reaching out to an external, specialised service to help you out, such as Lucion Marine. Lucion Marine is an offshoot of Lucion Environmental and, as the name suggests, specialises in the marine industry. They have done a lot of work with recycling yards in order to minimise the potential negative impacts that these hazardous materials can have not only on the industry at large, but also on the general public, carrying out assessments and surveys on the levels of hazardous materials involved. Please visit www.lucionmarine.com for more.