When Boskalis decommissions ships it is standard practice to see to it that they are dismantled both responsibly and safely.

Preconditions are:

  • a hard surface
  • certification of the yard
  • the responsible disposal of waste.

This puts us ahead of existing legislation and regulations. In 2013, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform recognized us as an industry leader in this field.

In 2013, the Para and the Mercurius, two non-self-propelling ships, were ready for dismantling. Both were on the west coast of Mexico. We have contact with yards on the east coast of Mexico that meet all the requirements, but there are still no yards of this kind on the Pacific Coast. In consultation with the North Sea Foundation, we are making preparations with the yard for the dismantling of the Para and the Mercurius. This pilot project will show whether this yard can be used in the future for ships located on the Pacific side.

To get the Para and the Mercurius round to the other side you would either have to tow them or use transport vessels to get them through the Panama Canal, which is very costly, and also generates extra carbon emissions. In 2013 we found a yard on the west coast of Mexico that does not yet meet all of our standards but is prepared to invest with us in an upgrade. We are prepared to invest in the yard, for example by sharing our knowledge and assisting and facilitating them in the process. In addition to the usual Health & Safety appraisal, an independent body will monitor waste disposal, environmental issues and ship dismantling. When possible, we will recycle ship parts.

Arjan Schrijen, Fleet Manager

Boskalis sets an example for the maritime sector by keeping ahead of the regulations for ship recycling. The management clearly places a strong emphasis on ‘people’ and ‘planet’ when selecting shipyards for dismantling We appreciate the transparent communication and we look forward to an ongoing dialogue with the aim of further optimizing the recycling process from the environmental perspective.

Merijn Hougee, NGO North Sea Foundation

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