Offshore Recycling

Grieg Green only collaborates with the best Ship Recycling / Decommissioning Facilities in the world. They need to work in line with Grieg Green’s recycling policies that are well in line with relevant international and national legislation. The Facilities are monitored and audited regularly and must be ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified. Adherence to The Hong Kong Convention and EU Regulation on Ship Recycling is a matter of course.

Compared to ship recycling, recycling work for offshore units is even more complex and challenging, not only due to their special characteristics and size and height aspects, but also related to structure, integrity, hazardous materials generated during operation, which require heavy machinery, equipment, knowledge and expertise from the facility in connection with the whole recycling process. Grieg Green is market leader within offshore recycling services having sucessfully supervised more than 30 projects since 2014.

The Ship Recycling Facility Plan developed by the facility illustrates all management, operational and technical aspects and requirements of the recycling process to ensure working and environmental conditions are met in a proper way.

Based on the particulars of the offshore unit, location and mobility, our sales team will find the most suitable facility among our portfolio of pre-approved yards offering the best solution both operationally and financially.

First step of a recycling process is to identify all hazardous materials onboard by developing an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) according to MEPC. 269(68) and EMSA Guidelines on IHM. This to ensure safe handling onboard and proper down-stream waste management. Our in-house HazMat experts are approved by all major classification societies to conduct IHM surveys.

Grieg Green will together with the recycling facility develop a vessel-specific Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) to specify the manner, operational procedures and plans  in which the offshore asset will be recycled, taking into account the IHM and the offshore unit’s particulars.

Our experienced on-site supervisors monitor the recycling process and guides the facility, ensuring quality and that the process complies with applicable regulations and the Ship Recycling Plan. Any non-conformity will be addressed to the Owner and Ship Recycling Facility for rectification. Our team also supervise the down-stream waste management process. Well documented reports are sent to the Owner on a weekly basis illustrating the progress of the dismantling process. Finally, a completion report is developed to summarize the entire recycling process.



In 1992, The Basel Convention was designed to control transboundary movement of hazardous waste, especially from a developed country (OECD) to a non-OECD country.

A vessel going for recycling is categorized as waste and a certain process therefore needs to be followed if exporting the vessel from one country to its recycling destination. Grieg Green has assisted several Owners with export/import processes in accordance with The Basel Convention.

IMO’s Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC) was adopted in 2009, with the intention to address the working and environmental conditions in ship recycling facilities globally.

To date, HKC has been ratified by 15 countries including Norway, Congo, France, Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, India and Panama. Grieg Green uses the Guidelines attached to the convention as a basis in our technical standards.

Partly as an early implementation of the HKC, but also in line with the European Union’s (EU) sustainable policy, a Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) developed by EU entered into force in December 2013.

34 Ship Recycling Facilities were included in the EU list on 17th of June 2019. Out of these, 30 facilities are located in Europe, 3 in Turkey and 1 in the United States of America. Several applications from facilities outside the EU are currently being reviewed.

The regulation is gradually in application targeting to reduce negative impact of EU flagged vessels and vessels calling EU ports. In 2018, all European flagged vessels will need to have an IHM and by the end of 2020 same will apply for all vessels sailing to ports and anchorages located within the EU.

In addition to the international regulations, local national regulations must be followed by recycling facilities.

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