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Interviews, completed projects and updates. Read the latest news on Sea2Cradle and the ship recycling industry.

Decommissioning of the rig “Maersk Endurer”

Maersk Endurer

Sea2Cradle has been awarded another prestigious project. Maersk Drilling has granted us the demolition of their jack-up drilling rig “Maersk Endurer”. Their main reason for choosing Sea2Cradle to carry out the inspections and supervise the full recycling process of the rig is that they “consider it to be the safest and most cost-effective approach, with the lowest environmental risks.”

The rig is meanwhile on its way to the recycling yard in China. It is expected the process will take about 15 weeks to finalise.

To read the full article, please click here.

http://www.maerskdrilling.com/en/media-center/press-release-archive/2015/7/decommissioning-of-maersk-drillings-rig-maersk-endure

President Xi Jinping visits Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard

President Xi Jinping at Changhong 2

On 26 May 2015 President Xi made a visit to the Zhoushan Province in order to investigate the current development and future opportunities in Zhoushan.

In that respect he visited the biggest facility in China, Changhong International, which combines shipbuilding, repair and ship recycling.

Mr. Li, owner of the two largest ship recycling yards in the world, including the one in Zhoushan that applied for EU approval for green recycling, showed the President around the yard.  Viewing the yard on the floating dock in the shipbuilding area Mr. Li was able to inform him that the ship recycling capacity in this yard amounted to 1.5 million LT (lightweight).

Next to his visit to Zhoushan Changhong International the president also visited the urban planning exhibition hall, oil reserve bases and local farmers in the province.

Interview in MVO Nederland ‘Grensverleggers’ – Schepen slopen hoeft geen smerige business te zijn

As keen participant in ‘Grensverleggers’ (Groundbreakers) Tom Peter Blankestijn was interviewed about Sea2Cradle’s core business, i.e. demolition of vessels does not need to be a dirty business. The aim of Sea2Cradle for zero pollution, zero accidents and zero incidents can only support this.

‘Grensverleggers’ is an initiative of the Dutch organization MVO Nederland that aims to inspire and connect companies to apply sustainable entrepreneurship in developing countries in order to take ownership and responsibility of their activities and consequences on people and the environment.

To read the full (Dutch) article, please click here: http://www.grensverleggers.nl/maritiem/schepen-recyclen/

Project 99. Recycling of the “San Francisco Dry Dock #1”

A prestigious project at the Port of San Francisco (USA). In collaboration with Dockwise, Sea2Cradle has arranged for the safe and environmental recycling of the over seventy year old “San Francisco Dry Dock #1”. The structure was placed on the special heavy lift vessel MV Tern and transported to a recycling yard in China. Because of the rather precarious condition of the bottom of the dock, additional measures were taken to ensure the workers could operate in a safe and healthy manner. A special team put the hazardous materials into bags that were inspected by the Sea2Cradle site team and stored in the hazardous material warehouse for further handling. Despite the condition of the dry dock, the process of pre-cutting and offloading of blocks went very smoothly. The last step was to move the floating bottom to the dry dock of the new-building site. In total, the cutting and demolition of the San Francisco Dry Dock #1 took only six weeks to complete after the structure’s arrival in Zhoushan.

For a small photo impression, see project 99 on the Track Record page.

Project 100. Recycling of the “Sirius Voyager”

Sea2Cradle has reached its 100th project! This milestone concerns a crude oil tanker, which arrived in China on 11 November 2014. The project started off with a conference between our site staff, and the yard’s and sub-contractor’s project managers, site managers and team-leaders. The conference addressed the key points of pre-cleaning, ship-cutting and site management, after which the work could commence.

Initially, there were too few workers to complete the project within the agreed upon time. In collaboration with the yard, the Sea2Cradle team solved this issue and from then on there were about fifty to sixty workers on the job. The vessel was declared recycled on 30 January 2015.

For a small photo impression, see project 100 on the Track Record page.

Sea2Cradle assists two Chinese recycling yards in bid for EU approval as green facilities

Sea2Cradle is proud to have been involved in the application of two Chinese recycling yards to the European Union (EU) to become an approved facility to demolish ships registered with member states. Sea2Cradle was consulted because of its high Health, Safety and Environment standards as well as its fifteen years of experience in the ship recycling industry.

On 16 December 2014, Sea2Cradle met with Hongwei Li, the owner of both yards, and Julio Burgues, head of the EU’s waste management and recycling unit. The ship recycling facility plans were handed over to Burgues. This is the first time a non-OECD ship recycling facility has applied to be on the EU list of approved recycling facilities.

For more information, please click here.

Project 84. Recycling of the “Kulluk” oil rig

Sea2Cradle has successfully completed the recycling of its first oil rig: “Kulluk”. As in all our projects, we first made a detailed Inventory of Hazardous Materials. Based on that, we created a unique ship recycling plan tailored to the specifics of the rig. Due to the size and complexity of this special project, it involved about fifty to sixty workers. The whole process was completed within twenty weeks of the oil rig’s arrival at the ship recycling yard, after which Sea2Cradle and the recycling yard issued certificates of pre-cleaning and demolition.

For a small photo impression, see project 84 on the Track Record page.