SPO’s Sustainable Ship Recycling policy states that all vessels at the end of their working lives will be sent for recycling to facilities that, as a minimum, adhere (even prior to its full ratification) to the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships (HKC) that was adopted on 15 May 2009; and that, are certified by a reputable independent third party to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001:1999 and preferably, ISO 30000: 2009.
This policy ensures that SPO recycles its assets in the best way – sustainably, safely, and in an environmentally responsible manner. SPO has been working with the management of selected Ship Recycling Facilities in Alang, India, on improving their health and safety standards as well as environmental compliance. Through this project, SPO recycles our vessels at a green premium and brings to life Swire’s strong commitment in adopting a long term view in its businesses. To view the SSR video, click here.
The Pacific Bear, was the first vessel in SPO’s fleet that was sustainably recycled at the JRD Industries’ Ship Recycling Facility (SRF) in Alang, India on 4 October 2017. This SRF is one of the four ClassNK HKC-compliant SRFs) SPO has also been working closely with industry partners to heighten awareness of the importance of recycling vessels in a sustainable manner, boost investors’ confidence in the prospects of ship recycling facilities as well as improve the health and safety standards and labour conditions of the ship recycling facilities in Alang.
Crew of Pacific Bear bidding the vessel farewell before she gets recycled in Alang.
This facility has implemented the necessary Ship Recycling Facility Management Plan (SRFMP) and upgraded their facilities to meet the requirements of the HKC. SPO also employed an on-site monitoring team to work alongside SRF personnel throughout the recycling process to ensure that all work is carried out in full compliance with the Ship Specific Recycling Plan and SRFMP. This is done at an additional cost to SPO as part of our ongoing effort to help build capacity and capabilities of the yard’s personnel and to ensure that work is safely executed.
Crew of Pacific Marlin bidding the vessel farewell before she gets recycled in Alang.
Read more about the mitigated environmental impacts and health, safety and social impacts of Sustainable Ship Recycling here