Recycling ships at the end of their lives

5 March 2021

The BBC News ‘File on 4’ investigation into the way two UK cruise ships were sold for scrap raises legitimate concerns around the handling of the ships at the end of their lives.


In particular, appropriate recycling is of paramount importance considering the hazardous waste likely to be on board and the need to protect yard workers and the environment.

As a result of the pandemic led meltdown in the cruise sector, there is a pressing need to deal with asbestos properly on ageing passenger ships such as the Marco Polo, as more of them are sold for recycling.

Having previously acted as approved partners to the European Commission, Lucion Experts can accurately build an internationally recognised Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) and Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP), providing evidence-based advice to recyclers on how to deal safely and cleanly with hazardous material content. Part of our work has been to verify applications from Ship Recycling Facilities in order to feature on the European List of ship approved recycling facilities.

Our Consultants support and guide ship recyclers through the process of preparing for Shipyard Facilities Audit, including undertaking EU SRR Compliance Audits and producing internationally recognised SRPs and SRFPs to ensure compliance with the Hong Kong Conventions and the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.

Looking at how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is reshaping the funding and governance of shipping, with recycling second only to carbon reduction according to a recent report, the direction of travel is clear when it comes to attitudes towards ship recycling and Lucion is uniquely positioned to help shipowners and yards during the transition to safer, cleaner ship recycling.

For any questions or further information and advice on SRP and SRFP or any other aspect of ship recycling, please contact us at


Inventory of Hazardous Materials Guide

The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a structured system to control hazardous materials onboard ships and achieve compliance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. Read Lucion Marine clients' most frequently asked questions and answers.

Download From NexGen