Ferry ship recycling is being delayed by paperwork – and recycling should be considered and built into the design phase, said ferry operators at a panel at the Interferry annual conference in Mexico last week
Ferry ship recycling is being delayed by paperwork – and recycling should be considered and built into the design phase, said ferry operators at a panel at the Interferry annual conference in Mexico last week.
BC Ferries chief executive Mark Collins said “One of our ships, Queen of Burnaby, has been sitting in our ship repair yard for 18 months. We have done the paperwork, everything is in place, but we still cannot get it [sent off to be recycled].”
He said it was “absurd” that the ship was still sitting there. “We want the recycling done right and properly, but we can’t get it done because paperwork is in the way. We want to get it right, we just find it very difficult.”
Meanwhile, DFDS Seaways director, environment and sustainability, Poul Woodall argued that ship recycling needed to be built in right at the design phase. “In our industry, the ships built today do not look like that at the end of life. There is a tendency to keep ships quite a long time by retrofitting.”
He emphasised “As an industry we need to think about taking recycling into the design – how do we make sure continuous recycling is also responsible and done in a sustained way?”
He said that while cabins might not be sellable in the ferry industry, “maybe cabins could be moved somewhere else”.
“We need to add all this to the design phases, it is adding another element, but I think it is important.”
The Hong Kong Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships has not yet entered into force but is pending while new European rules about environmentally friendly ship recycling are due to come into force next year.
Mr Woodall commented “Couldn’t they have aligned what they are talking about? Having two systems is not really productive to the industry.”