Recovery of Obsolete Vessels

By | December 1, 2010


The consortium led by COWI was awarded a contract by the Directorate-General for the Environment (European Commission) for the Recovery of Obsolete Vessels not used in Fishing Trade.

The sudy is focused specifically on:

  • Update existing information about ship dismantling for ships covered, or not, by the Hong Kong Convention and for abandoned vessels.
  • Complete it by collecting information about the dismantling conditions of ships not covered by the scope of the Hong Kong Convention and abandoned vessels.
  • Identify the best practices in term of ship dismantling and waste management of these ships and document them in a user friendly manner.
  • Identify possible shortcomings (legal, technical, financial) in terms of dismantling of these ships and propose options to address these shortcomings
  • Quantify the environmental, social and economical impacts of options to overcome possible shortcomings and rank them.

LEITAT’s role in the project: LEITAT will work on the consultation phase working on the questionnaires addressed to stakeholders within the category of “small boats” (less than 500 GT); will contribute to assess on the drawing up of conclusions and recommendations for possible options for attaining the objective that end of life ships are not covered by the HKC and abandoned vessels are dealt with in a safe and environmentally sound manner and will assess the environmental impact of composite materials.


Number of Contract: 07.0318/2010/574379/ETU/C2


Coordinator:  COWI A/S


Email LEITAT manager in charge: Helia Romero Veneroni


Web: Final report


Starts: 01/12/2010


Duration: 11 months




COWI A/S Denmark
Roy Watkinson Environmental Consulting Limited (RWEC) UK
LEITAT (subcontractor) Spain

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