Ship Recycling Safety Needs Improvement

Through green ship recycling, the maritime and shipping industries aim to for instance reduce deaths and injuries during ship breaking. Metizoft is particularly known for producing an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) in this regard. IHM documentation helps ship recyclers avoid dangerous situations, by making it easy to locate hazardous materials on board prior to breaking up a ship.

Ship recycling through «beaching» in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

According to a new report covered by a Bangladeshi newspaper, The Daily Star, most ships that are sent for recycling in Chittagong, Bangladesh lack the important IHM documentation. This increases the possibility of accidents during ship breaking. The newspaper reports that 60 workers were killed and 125 injured during ship breaking in the last five and a half years.

At Metizoft we work to make ship breaking safer by continuing to produce IHMs for an increasing number of shipowners around the globe. Every ship that has an up to date IHM on board throughout its life cycle, is a ship that is less likely to cause deaths and injuries when the time comes for it to be recycled. If your ships don’t have IHMs, we recommend getting in touch with us to discuss how we can help you out.

Photo credit: The Daily Star

  • Published by: Øyvind Sundgot
  • 19.01.2016
  • Ecocircle Shipowner

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