In today’s times when recycling and re-using goods and products become an important requirement, even ships are recycled. With the rise in awareness towards maritime environment, there have been several changes in the process of ship breaking, which have given rise to a new term – green ship recycling.
There are several reasons which that have made the concept of green ship recycling famous. But the main ones are
• To isolate those parts of the ship which are harmful and dangerous to both marine and human lives
• To conserve marine ecosystem by proper discarding ship breaking waste
• Reusing those parts of the ship that are important and can be re-used successfully while making new ships, thus saving resources.
• To benefit the ship owner by optimum utility of the ship’s parts
Main components of the ship that are reused include steel parts and other parts in the interior of the ship. Green ship recycling was initially the carried out only by developed countries, however today, even developing countries have started inculcating processes that promote green ship breaking.
One of the major harmful materials that are disposed off with the help of green ship recycling process is asbestos. Any great informational site about asbestos will tell you that asbestos has been banned from being used in ships from the past two decades.But the ships in which asbestos had been used initially need to be recycled. Continuous exposure to asbestos can cause problems not just to the marine life forms but also to the people aboard the ship. This is why ships with asbestos need to be recycled with far more caution. Many green ship recycling labs are so well equipped that the success rate for the disposal of the harmful materials is nearly around 99%.
Apart from US and the other developed countries in Europe, shipping concerns in nations like China, India and Bangladesh also contribute substantially to the process of green ship recycling.
Throughout the world, seminars and symposiums are conducted in order to make more ship builders and proprietors aware of the benefit of green ship breaking. In these meetings and seminars, along with the advantages of ship recycling, various feasible methods to carry out the process of ship breaking are also provided. These methods are cost efficient and help the shipping concerns to ease the process of ship recycling.
In order to become a part of the green ship recycling process, a ship has to have a certain document. This document is known as the Green Passport. Green ship recycling because of its success rate can become even more famous and important to the marine industry in the future. Added with the benefit of more technological developments, it can be hoped that the process of ship breaking will become even more common and feasible across all nations in the world.
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