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About How Green Ship Recycling Helping Environment

by Shelly Sharma Digital Marketing

One of the crises that most countries across the world are facing, is a huge accumulation of waste and no proper way of disposing of it. The world’s land, water, the air is getting polluted day by day due to excessive waste we human are generating, be it industrial waste or agricultural waste. Things are going so bad, that it is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more microplastic in the sea than fishes! Already, there have been huge patches of garbage island in our ocean, and there is no way to get rid of it. The only way we can stop this scenario from getting any worst is by learning to recycle everything we use; be it recycling the plastic bottles we drink water from or recycling of ships that carry our merchandises from one country to another.

In fact, the shipping industry is often cited as one of the world’s leading polluter which creates huge waste every day. Not only ships dump their everyday garbage and waste products in the sea, but the disposal of the decommissioned ship also leaves behind a huge amount of waste products and damage to the environment. We didn’t pay attention to responsible ship recycling before and the result is, there is a graveyard for abandoned ships coming up in various parts of the world. In the last few decades, ship owners have tried and tested various ways to get rid of old ships, either by deliberately sinking the ship or by ship breaking. The last option has become more popular, but it is also the leader when it comes to environmental damages. Improper dismantling of old ships leads to the release of toxic materials into the sea or air like asbestos and PBC on beaches and in ship scrap yards. Most of the time, such jobs are done by poorly paid workers who do this dangerous job manually under extreme unsafe condition. That leads to not only environmental damages but also the death of the workers.

This is why, in recent years NGOs that fight for a greener earth and leading institutes, government bodies and other concerned groups have come up with greener ways to recycle a ship. Introduced across the world, this method of ship breaking not only reduces the amount of waste generated but also makes sure those wastes don’t end up on the beaches. The benefits of greener ship recycling include:

  • Making sure the parts of the ship that are toxic to human and the environment is dealt with accordingly.
  • By properly discarding such waste, the fragile marine ecosystem is maintained.
  • Reusing whatever part that can be salvaged from a ship marked as decommissioned into making new ships thus saving our resources.

The main reason why there are so many cash buyers for ship scraps is that ships are made of steel and other precious metals. From the scraps, those metallic parts can be converted into bards and rods and used somewhere else. However, there are also toxic materials like lead, oil sludge, mercury and asbestos present in the ship that needs to be handled properly. The last material is one of the most toxic and in the last few decades, it has been banned to be used while making new ships. However, the old ships that come into the hands of companies doing ship breaking in Turkey or elsewhere need to be recycled very carefully as it is bad for the workers to inhale it and bad for the marine creatures if it just disposed into the sea without treatment.

This is why countries are building dry docks to undergo responsible ship recycling. The steel from such dismantling is turned into corner castings and hinges, the batteries, and generators, if working properly, are used in other fields while hydrocarbon wastes are recycled into oil products. The light fixtures are often used in other ships or even on land! To help such green recycling in India ship breaking yards or elsewhere, ships have to carry “Green passport” that gives a guide to how the ship is to be recycled.