Ship recycling

Grieg Green only collaborates with what we consider to be the top Ship Recycling Facilities in the world. They need to follow 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.

Each shipyard has developed a Ship Recycling Facility Plan where all technical and human aspects of the recycling process are described and covered ensuring that working and environmental conditions are met in a proper way.

Based on the vessels particulars, our team will find a suitable buyer offering the best price amongst our portfolio of pre-approved Recycling Facilities.

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

A Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) is developed by the shipyard and reviewed by Grieg Green specifyng the way and method in which the ship will be recycled, taking into consideration the IHM and the vessel’s particulars.

Our on-site supervisors monitor the recycling process and guides the shipyard, ensures the recycling quality and that the process complies with applicable regulations and the Ship Recycling Plan. Any non-conformity will be addressed to Owner and the shipyard for rectification, and our staff will also supervise the down-stream waste management process. Well documented reports are sent weekly to the owner showing the progress of the dismantling process. Finally, a completion report is made to document 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, Denmark, Japan, Malta, Panama and India. 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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