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

In Memoriam – Tom Peter Blankestijn

On 12th of August 2019 our Managing Director, friend and colleague, Tom Peter Blankestijn, suddenly passed away at the early age of 58. It goes without saying we shall miss him dearly and our heartfelt condolences are with his wife, daughter, family and friends. Tom Peter was a great man and a loving, caring and generous person with a great sense of humour and a sharp mind.

We shall cherish our memories and will continue the business as well as the principles on sustainable ship recycling that were so dear to his heart.

Mega Box Ship Bulletin – Transboundary Movement of Waste

In recent years, Sea2Cradle has also provided consultancy and recycling-supervision services in a number of special projects where vessels had to be salvaged. This was done in close co-operation with the respective ship owners and insurance companies.

In that respect, the Standard Club in London requested us to participate in their special edition on Mega Box Ships with an article on Transboundary Movement of Waste and all its complications. This bulletin covers all aspects of containership fires in relation to P&I coverage, salvage response, hazardous waste disposal, legal implications etcetera.

Have a look at the bulletin and click on the link: 2019.07.19 Standard-Club – Mega box ship bulletin (S2C featured)

The article on Transboundary Movement of Waste is on page 27.




Sea2Cradle featured in Recycling International

In March/April 2019 Sea2Cradle was featured in the magazine of Recycling International. The article that mentions the beaching practices and all related issues that derive from that, enabled Tom Peter Blankestijn to comment on the present and future situation of recycling vessels in China and Sea2Cradle’s ambition to stay focused on sustainable ship recycling.

For reading the entire article, please click here:

2019 Recycling Int – why dismantle on the beaches


Interview “Maritime Holland” – Responsible Ship Recycling

Maritime Holland has published an article on “The business of responsible ship breaking” in which Sea2Cradle amongst others was featured. Tom Peter Blankestijn elaborated on the process of producing a responsible ship recycling plan, as well as on the investigation and monitoring of the hazardous materials on board a ship, concluding: “There is thus still a lot of potential to improve ship recycling practices.”

For reading the entire article, please click here:  2019.01 – Mar. Holland – Responsible Ship Recycling

Sea2Cradle is now ISO 9001:2015 certified

Sea2Cradle is pleased to announce that we were approved for ISO 9001:2015 by Lloyd’s Register and as per UKAS qualifications on 23 August 2018. We trust this will further ensure our customers of our efforts to continue and improve the quality of our services at an on-going basis.

To view the certificate, please click here: SEA2CRADLE – ISO 9001 2015 Certification


Social gathering at Frank Fox’s retirement dinner

On Saturday 21st April 2018 Frank Fox celebrated his official retirement by giving a dinner party in London for friends and family.

We are happy for Frank and his family that he can spend some more time at home and we thank him for his services over the years. Fortunately Frank has agreed to continue his services for Sea2Cradle so it does not mean we will lose sight of each other! Happy retirement Frank!


Clearing the beaches

Sea2Cradle was featured in the Magazine ‘Inside Marine’ with a profile of the company. To read more about Sea2Cradle’s background have a look at the article by clicking on the link.

Clearing the beaches

A Clean Record

Sea2Cradle featured in the LandSeaAir Magazine (formerly Shipping & Marine) of August 2017. Amongst others, you can read about an update on the projects Sea2Cradle handled since the previous feature in September 2016, next to the new EU Legislation.

For more information, please click on the link: 147 LSA – A Clean Record


Project 117. The Sanitation and supervision of the M.v. Los Llanitos

In October 2015 the Bulk carrier “Los Llanitos” was grounded near Barra de Navidad, Mexico, during Hurricane Patricia. The vessel grounded while in ballast, having no cargo on board. Sea2Cradle was granted the project by the authorities from Mexico and the P&I Club in 2016 to first investigate the sanitation of the vessel and to thereafter supervise the whole project.

As this was more a cleaning- than a recycling project, it provided some other challenges compared to the normal supervision at a recycling yard. Apart from the standard basic (pre) cleaning up all over (taking into account all health, safety and environmental sound measures), and in this case partial cutting of some parts of the vessel, there were some other challenging procedures to be considered:

  • additional safety and working procedures on the vessel, on the site and in the water (tourists);
  • helicopter landing arrangements (all workers, all supplies, and all waste was transported by helicopter);
  • extra training to the workers on how to keep a clean ship at all times (no debris whatsoever was to fall into the water);
  • mobilization of the vessel, and last but not least;
  • the authorities had decided they wanted the vessel to remain on the rocks and have it fully sanitized and ‘recycled’ by natural degradation.

For a small photo impression, see: Trackrecord 117

Interview Havenkrant Rotterdam “Schone Sloper”

Tom Peter Blankestijn was interviewed in the Havenkrant of the Port of Rotterdam on Sea2Cradle’s core business ‘clean recycling’ and also opted for a dismantling yard at the Maasvlakte.

To read the full (Dutch) article, please click here: de schone sloper