SHIP DEMOLITION

Après l’affaire du porte-avions Clemenceau, Robin des Bois a voulu y voir clair dans le monde de la démolition et du recyclage des vieux navires de commerce et militaires en fin de vie. A cet effet, un bulletin trimestriel d’information et d’analyses a été mis en chantier et lancé en 2006. Chaque numéro de « A la casse », « Shipbreaking » en version anglaise, est un tour du monde des meilleures techniques disponibles et beaucoup plus nombreuses des pires techniques disponibles. Un gros succès éditorial épluché par les spécialistes du monde entier.

Shipbreaking, 2015 record

4 Jan 2016

Shipbreaking, 2015 record

2015, the year of Bangladesh, bulkers go for slaughter, the industry for purgatory

Tons and $
766 ships demolished in 2015, i.e. a 21% drop compared to 2014. The scrap tonnage was 7 million tons, it was 8 million tons in 2014. This has been the weakest year since 2010 for the demolition business. Turbulence in the Top 5: decline in Pakistan and Turkey, drop in India, collapse in China and boom in Bangladesh. With a 47% increase, it is taking the lead after 6 years of Indian reign. 2015 is the year of Bangladesh. The Top 5 absorbed 95% of the demolished ships.

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“Shipbreaking #41”, July 1 to September 30, 2015, radioactive offshore platforms are landing

29 Oct 2015

“Shipbreaking #41”, July 1 to September 30, 2015, radioactive offshore platforms are landing

“Shipbreaking”

Quarterly bulletin of information and analysis on ship demolition

# 41, from July 1 to September 30, 2015 pdf 60 pages. 7 Mo

– Radioactivity in India, in Bangladesh and in Turkey

– Ship demolition : the plunge

– The dismantling of the floating nuclear power plant Sturgis underway in Texas (p 8)

– The CIA spy boat Hughes GlomarExplorer is awaiting demolition (p 18)

– The detailed and highlighted world panorama on the demolition of naval vessel and merchant cargo ships

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A Belgian LNG carrier stranded in Marseille

17 Sep 2015

A Belgian LNG carrier stranded in Marseille

Not far away from the Corse, on a deserted wharf, another ship is waiting for demolition. Methania was said to be already living in borrowed times in 2007, was struck by a lightning in Zeebrugge in 2008, on technical stops or in lay-up at Brest in 2013 and in 2014, and has been berthed at Marseille since mid-December 2014. Works to be carried out at Marseille repair yard were postponed. They were supposed to last for 2 months. Methania’s obsolete equipment, the availability of larger and more fuel-efficient units manned by less crews deprive her of long term or short term chartering.

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Is the Corse about to migrate to Asia ?

14 Sep 2015

Is the Corse about to migrate to Asia ?

The Corse, French flag, IMO n° 8003620, is for sale. Delivered in 1983 by Dubigeon Normandie shipyards at Prairie-au Duc (France), the ferry was operated by SNCM (Société Nationale Corse Méditerranée); she has mainly served the Nice-Corsica route in season and the Marseille-Maghreb route out of season.

In December 2014, after a period of shuttle service between Toulon and Corsica, she was decommissioned : the SNCM, partially privatized in 2006 and today going into receivership, did not plan to operate any further its services to Corsica from Toulon and Nice.

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“Shipbreaking” #40

21 Jul 2015

“Shipbreaking” #40
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“Shipbreaking” # 39

28 Apr 2015

“Shipbreaking” # 39

“Shipbreaking”
Bulletin of information and analysis on end-of-life ships
#39 from January 1, to March 31, 2015
pdf  77 p
. 9 Mo

– A 46 km long convoy left to be broken up in January /February/March 2015 (compared to 38 km in the last quarter of 2014).

Kuito, the radioactive mammoth beached for demolition in Aliaga, Turkey, is raising concerns (p. 60). The oil industry is exposed to enhanced naturally occurring radioactivity. Crude oil has a high content of radium. Radium scales concentrate in pumps, pipes and tanks upstream of the refining process. Their concentrations may reach up to 15.000 Bq/gr. They are long-lived radioactive waste. The dismantling of a FPSO unit expose the shipbreaking yards workers to internal and external contaminations. The Turkish nuclear safety authority is on its guard.

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Alarm in Cherbourg n°2

23 Mar 2015

Alarm in Cherbourg n°2

Flying the flag of Saint-Vincent-et-Grenadines, the Serval, a tugboat built in 1977, is arriving at Cherbourg. In January 2015, the most recent inspection of the Serval in the port of Gdynia in Poland revealed eleven deficiencies. This precarious state has been noted for the past eight years. In 2007, the Serval had been detained in Denmark with 23 deficiencies.

The Serval is not coming to Cherbourg to be demolished. It’s in the port in Normandy to tow an old, abandoned tuna boat that has been stuck in the wharf since the summer of 2007. It will be towing into the risks and perils of the sea. The Marginella, built in 1985, measures 55 meters in length. Its operating crew comprises 25 sailors. It belongs to the Soviet tuna fishing fleet. It is the last survivor of eleven units of tuna seiners from the Tibiya project, built between 1980 and 1986 with the exception of Tibiya, which was converted into a service boat in the Caspian Sea.

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Ship-breaking # 38

5 Feb 2015

Ship-breaking # 38

Breaking at sea :

  • the Forsaken ones
  • the Sunken ones
  • from cattle traffic to Human trafficking
  • India : 200 ship scrapping workers on an asbestos-contaminated aircraft carrier

The end of :

  • the Taiko, engaged in the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons
  • the Jolly Nero, the killer of Genoa
  • the Horizon Discovery, the oldest container ship in the world
  • the Lakers saga
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    (Français) Océanisation au large de la Martinique

    4 Nov 2014

    Only in French.

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    (Français) Ils veulent couler la Cosette, ex-Zanoobia

    29 Oct 2014

    (Français) Ils veulent couler la Cosette, ex-Zanoobia

    Only in French.

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