Lloyd’s Register (LR) says it is supporting applications from two Chinese ship recycling yards - Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling and Jiangyin Xiagang Changjiang Ship Recycling - for inclusion in the EU list.

Mr Li Hongwei (left) with LR’s Jim Heath

Mr Li Hongwei (left) with LR’s Jim Heath

LR says these will be the first non-EU applications, and its support is consistent with the class society’s aim of working with facilities seeking to be at the forefront of sustainable ship recycling. LR is working with Rotterdam-based recycling company Sea2Cradle, which has been assisting the shipyards in complying with international, regional and local regulatory requirements.

The official documents for the application were presented at the Berlaymont offices of the European Commission in Brussels by Mr Li Hongwei, owner of Zhoushan Changhong and Jiangyin Xiagang Changjiang, Tom Peter Blankestijn of Sea2Cradle, and LR’s Jim Heath.

With a capacity of 1.1 million LDT (light displacement tonnes) and 1.2 million LDT respectively, the Zhoushan and Jiangyin yards are said to be the world’s largest ship recycling facilities.

Jim Heath, LR’s ship recycling product manager, said: "By inviting LR to provide independent third-party assessment of their Ship Recycling Facility Plans, the Zhoushan and Jiangyin yards have not just moved in advance of regulation; they have recognised the importance of attaining independent, reputable certification to help differentiate themselves from the significant number of yards who are unable to demonstrate they operate in accordance with IMO or EU requirements."

Upon successful completion of the site inspections, early in 2015, LR says it will be in a position to provide a certificate of compliance in accordance with both the IMO’s convention on ship recycling and the European Ship Recycling Regulation.

Mr Heath added: "LR believes that shipowners should be able to send their ships to be recycled at facilities that are in compliance with relevant legislation. This can only help to drive further improvements in the shipbreaking industry."