ISL Completes First European Ship Recycling Project in the United States

Recycle EMR Group announced on April 25 the completion of the first European Union vessel recycled in the United States by International Shipbreaking Ltd (ISL). Courtesy Image
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Recycle EMR Group announced on April 25 the completion of the first European Union vessel recycled in the United States by International Shipbreaking Ltd (ISL).

The project follows a $30 million investment in new equipment and processes at the ISL site at the Port of Brownsville to meet the requirements of the stringent European Ship Recycling Regulations (EU SSR).

the MT Wolverine is a chemical tanker 158 meters long and with a carrying capacity of 16,000 tons. Before being laid up, she sailed under the Norwegian flag. Thanks to innovative and sustainable recycling processes, ISL was able to recycle 97% of the materials removed from the MT Wolverine.

“The arrival of MT Wolverine at our Brownville site was a proud day for everyone at International Shipbuilding Ltd,” said Chris Green, Senior Manager at ISL. “By investing $30 million in the latest technology, equipment and infrastructure, our company has become the first in the United States to be able to recycle ships to a level that meets European ship recycling regulations. the MT Wolverine shows that this effort and commitment are paying off.

ISL’s investment will help reduce the number of end-of-life ships being demolished, in crude and often very dangerous conditions, on South Asian beaches. In 2018, more than 90% of merchant ships were eliminated in this way.

“Around the world, there are still too many ships that end their days being recycled in dangerous and environmentally harmful yards on the other side of the world,” Green said. “By continuing to raise our standards, International Shipbreaking Ltd is showing responsible shipowners that there is a better way to do business.”

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the MT Wolverine was accepted for recycling on January 31, 2021 and is one of 28 projects undertaken by the company over the past year. ISL has the capability to safely moor and recycle vessels over 1,200 feet (366 m) long and 158 feet (48 meters) wide.

The vessel was built by Aker Tulcea SC SA in 2006. A Hazardous Material Inventory (HMI) was completed by the vessel owner, which ISL reviewed prior to developing the MT Wolverine Ship Recycling Plan.

“ISL has completed the MT Wolverine ship a recycling project without any recordable injuries to our employees, any spills of hazardous or regulated materials, or any regulatory violations of any kind,” Green said. “This represents a new era for International Shipbreaking Ltd. and our parent company EMR in the marine recycling industry.”

The project is fully EU SRR compliant with all waste removed from the MT Wolverine disposed of in accordance with EU SRR requirements. The EU SRR helps responsible shipowners make the shipbreaking industry greener and safer. Increasingly, banks and investors are reluctant to finance shipping companies that cannot prove their ships are responsibly recycled.

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