Ship Recycling

Overview of Ship Recycling

Ships are mobile structures of comprehensive size and consist mostly of steel. At the end of their active life, they become a sought-after source of ferrous scrap. Ship recycling / Ship breaking (as referred to in the Indian Sub-Continent) is the process of dismantling a ship/vessel for scrapping. Ship recycling offers a possibility to reuse significant parts and equipment of the ship. This acts as an alternative to the non-renewable resource of ore. Steel can be recycled to produce new steel, reducing the energy required for processing by two-thirds. Copper cables and aluminium are also recycled in similar ways.

Conducted on a pier, dry dock or dismantling yard, it involves a wide range of activities. From removing all the gear and equipment that are on the ships to cutting down and recycling the ship’s infrastructure.

The principal markets for recycling are India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and Turkey to a lesser extent. The countries are active in the recycling market as they posses all the requirements to make it economically viable. Predominantly they provide a cheap supply of labour and growing infrastructures in need of cheaper steel products. They also have the right costal geography which enables vessels to be sailed/beached at certain high tides.

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