As part of the work package 1, in which a review of best practices in ship recycling was conducted, BOKU was responsible for organising an excursion in Europe for the Chinese project partners in order to present them examples of best practices in Europe. The EU excursion took place from 23rd to 28th May 2014 both in Vienna (Austria) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
In Vienna a partner meeting was conducted to update all partners on the current developments of the project and the next steps that are necessary. Also, the Chinese project partners had the chance to visit the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and to discuss cooperation with high level representatives.
The programme in The Netherlands was organised with the support of ISRA, the International Ship Recycling Association and sea2cradle, a company specialised on the supervision of ship recycling projects. Both, ISRA and sea2cradle are located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and have business relations with many Chinese ship recycling yards. Also, ISRA and sea2cradle are funding (together with Lloyds Register, North Sea Foundation, Gieskes Strybis Fonds, Damen and some Chinese ship recycling yards) a research project of the TU Delft, the Netherlands together with the Tianjin University, China on green ship recycling (http://marsrv.tudelft.nl/dsdl/node/199). This research project was presented during the visit of the ship_rec partners in Rotterdam and, ISRA, sea2cradle, TU Delft and the ship_rec project partners agreed that both projects would benefit from a cooperation in some project issues. At present, all parties are working on drafting a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the cooperation between the two projects.
During the two days programme in The Netherlands, ISRA presented the association and described the standards that it requires its members to fulfil. Sea2cradle gave a very detailed insight in how they monitor – on behalf of ship owners – the ship recycling process from the arrival of a ship at the selected ship recycling yard to the delivery of the hazardous and non-hazardous wastes at the downstream waste management facilities. As final issue on the excursion agenda, all participants in the EU excursion visited together the Keppel Verolme BV Ship and Off Shore Yard. Keppel Verolme is currently not actively dismantling ships, but they have the licence to do so. However, the waste streams generated during the repair and conversion of ships and offshore structures are essentially the same as in ship recycling, so it was possible to observe how a European yard manages the wastes that are generated.