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.

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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    Hassan 1 mystery : solved

    29 Oct 2014

    Hassan 1 mystery : solved

    Simon, from North Lincolnshire, UK, has identified the mystery-ship Hassan 1 beached for demolition in Pakistan (Cf Ship-breaking # 37, p 27): she is actually the ex-Chariot Bulker, a bulk carrier built in 1977 in Japan.

    Hassan 1 is no longer a mystery. She is no stranger either. In 1999, her name was Maria K. On December 10th, 1999, she left the port of Saint-Nazaire (France) bound for England. She came back to Saint-Nazaire the day after due to bad weather conditions and was anchored there. She then dragged her anchor, was not loaded and represented a hazard and a pollution risk in case she hit the sea bottom. A pilot boat was supporting her, a harbor tug from the port of Saint-Nazaire, the Saint-Denis, was ready to take action.

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    Ship-breaking # 37

    27 Oct 2014

    Ship-breaking # 37

    July / August / September 2014

    A wondrous World Tour

    –       Pakistan pulls ahead of the pack (p 9).

    –       6 genetically modified ships depart for the scrapyard (p 3).

    –       8 giant Russian predators leave the fleet (p 11).

    –       A rotten egg for the US Navy: the dismantling of the USS Saratoga delayed by a brood of Peregrine falcons (p 7).

    –       Radioactive waste scrapped in the United Kingdom (p 61).

    –       Mexican tanker towed over 22,000 km to be broken up (p 62).

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    Ship-breaking # 36

    29 Jul 2014

    Quarterly bulletin of information and analysis on ship demolition

    From April 1st to June 30th 2014.

    A huge market. 263 ships, 2 million tons of metal, 1 billion US$.

    Of the 74 vessels whose shipowner is based in the European Union or in an EFTA state (European Free Trade Association) only 5 have been dismantled in Europe. Iceland scraps ships any which way.

    Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis, Tuvalu, Comoros, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Moldova, Togo are the preferred flags chosen for the last voyage.

    Towing operations of ships towards ship-breaking yards are a critical phase. The Lyubov Orlova and Canada are attributed a black mark whereas the Costa Concordia deserves a gold star.

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