Maersk has announced its commitment to help selected ship recycling yards in Alang, India by upgrading facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards.
The group aims to use its leverage to create more responsible recycling options.
768 ships were recycled globally in 2015, with 469 of those ships sold to facilities on beaches in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Annette Stube, Head of Sustainability of Maersk, said: “The Maersk group’s policy is to only recycle ships responsibly.
“There has, however, been no change in practices in this area and today, responsible recycling is only feasible in a limited number of yards in China and Turkey.”
Currently, the estimated extra cost for Maersk of responsible recycling at existing yards is US$1-2millon for each vessel.
Steady improvements of conditions have been witnessed in ship recycling yards in Alang in the last couple of years.
Currently, a total of four yards in Alang are certified to the standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Hong Kong Convention.
Annette continues: “We want to play a role in ensuring that responsible recycling becomes a reality in Alang, India.”
Annette concluded: “To find sustainable solutions, we are working on building a broader coalition with other ship owners and have initiated engagement with a number of carefully selected yards in Alang.”