Contact Point Ship Recycling:

Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (Standort Rostock)
Referat S 15
Neptunallee 5
18057 Rostock

Dr. Annika Krutwa
Phone: +49 381 45 63-622

Certificate of Inventory of Hazardous Materials:

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Referat Maschine
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Holger Steinbock
Phone: +49 40 36137-217
Fax: +49 40 36137-204

Recycling of ships

Ship recycling

Worldwide hundreds of outdated ships are scrapped every year. The recycling occurs mostly in recycling facilities or yards. A lot of times, these ships are beached (driven onto a flat sandy beach at high speed) for subsequent manual dismantling often without any regards to environmental or occupational health and safety standards.

Ship Recycling Convention will set global standards

The International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, or Hong Kong Convention, is meant to address these problems. This Ship Recycling Convention was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2009 will enter into force on 26 June 2025, which has become possible since Bangladesh and Liberia have recently joined the agreement. The convention contains regulations for shipowners, ship builders, manufacturers, suppliers and for recycling yards.

The Hong Kong Convention will apply to all new and existing sea-going vessels with a gross tonnage of 500 or more.

The new convention introduces two key components to be considered in future:

  • Ship-specific Inventory of hazardous materials which lists all hazardous materials such as asbestos, PCB, ozone depleting substances and antifouling paints containing TBT as well as their location and approximate amount.
  • Authorization of recycling facilities. Sea-going vessels may only be recycled by authorized yards complying fully with all environmental and safety requirements of the Hong Kong Convention.

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EU Regulation already implements some of the requirements

For all ships

  • On international voyages and
  • Flying an EU flag and
  • With a size of 500 GT or more,

Regulation EU 1257/2013 on ship recycling on the recycling of ships applies and it contains among other things the following requirements:

  • These ships may only be recycled on authorized recycle yards on the EU list of recycle yards.
  • These ships must carry a ship-specific Inventory of Hazardous Materials/IHM stating as a minimum the hazardous materials on board (structure and equipment) listed in Annex II as well as their location and the approximate amount.
  • These ships must hold a Certificate on Inventory of Hazardous Materials.
  • Existing ships require the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and the associated certificate since 31 December 2020.
  • The Inventories of Hazardous Materials and the associated certificates are approved by the respective Flag State.
  • The ships intended to be passed to be recycled must have a Ready for Recycling Certificate.

Further information can be found in  ISM Circular 03/2019.

Ships flying a flag of a non-EU State that call on a European port are required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials as well as a Document of Compliance.

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Contact point ship recycling

According to the EU Regulation, every member state designates a contact point which informs and advises on the topic. The contact point of Germany is the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).