First ship owned by a European recycled in a shipyard in the United States


The Norwegian-flagged 16,000 dwt chemical tanker, Wolverine, was recycled at ISL’s facility in Brownsville, Texas.

ISL, part of the EMR Group, has invested $30 million in its facilities to bring them into compliance with the European Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR). As such, the US yard represents an unexpected option for EU-flagged shipowners who struggle to find compliant ship recycling facilities, as major South Asian shipbreaking yards do not meet EU standards. EU.

The Wolverine arrived at the US factory in late January and ISL said it was able to recycle 97% of the ship. The treatment of the vessel built in 2006 was one of 28 projects undertaken by the yard last year. ISL said the Wolverine was eliminated in accordance with the EU SRR.

ISL has the capability to safely moor vessels over 366 meters long and 48 meters wide for recycling.

“The ability to recycle these large vessels safely and responsibly is available to EU shipowners,” said Chris Green, Senior Director at ISL.

“ISL has completed the MT Wolverine Ship Recycling Project with no recordable injuries to our employees, no hazardous or regulated material spills, or any regulatory violations of any kind. This represents a new era for International Shipbreaking Ltd. and our parent company EMR in the marine recycling industry.

“By investing $30 million in the latest technology, equipment and infrastructure, our company has become the first in the United States to be able to recycle ships to a level that complies with the European Ship Recycling Regulations (EU SSR) . MT Wolverine shows that this effort and commitment is paying off,” he added.


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