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

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

Sea2Cradle was approved by Lloyd’s Register (LR) as Service Supplier for Inventory of Hazardous Materials

The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is one of the main requirements of both the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) and the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR).

The EU SRR requires that EU-flagged vessels of 500 GT and over carry an IHM on board. When calling at EU ports, vessels from non-EU countries will also be required to carry an IHM, identifying all the hazardous materials on board. It is also required in the EU SRR that EU-flagged vessels are scrapped in an approved ship recycling facility.

For EU-flagged new buildings this means that they must have a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance on board as from 31 December 2015 until latest by 31 December 2018.

Existing EU-flagged vessels should have a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance on board no later than 31 December 2020. Ships that are to be recycled need to have this on board from the date when the EU list of ship recycling facilities was published (19 December 2016).

For non-EU flagged vessels that call at EU ports, it is also required to have on board a verified IHM with a Statement of Compliance no later than by 31 December 2020.

The whole set-up of the EU SRR, which also regulates the recycling of vessels, is to direct ships to recycling facilities that practice safe and environmentally sound methods of dismantling vessels, instead of using sites that practice beaching methods by which the environment as well as the workers are not or ill protected.

Sea2Cradle has already conducted numerous IHM projects on existing and recycling vessels, which were handled by our qualified Approved HazMat Experts that operate globally on all types of vessels or platforms. If you need an IHM or require more information, please contact us directly or send an e-mail to

To view the certificate, please click here: SEA2CRADLE – APPROVAL OF SERVICE SUPPLIERS

Leyal becomes IMO HKC certified

On 20 June 2016 Leyal issued a press release announcing their IMO Hong Kong Convention compliance certification by Lloyd’s Register. Sea2Cradle has assisted the yard for about 2 years in meeting the requirements for certification and herewith congratulates Leyal on its achievement.

For the full press release please click here: 2016.06.20 LEYAL IMO HKC Compliance Press Release

Putting the Maersk Endurer to rest

In December 2015 Maersk Drilling interviewed Tom Peter Blankestijn on ‘putting the Maersk Endurer to rest’. In the article it is explained why the 150-metre legs caused concern during the process of demolition. In addition Tom Peter also expresses his views on (future) recycling of oil rigs.

For the full article please click here Maersk Drilling 2015 .