Ship Breaking

AShipbreaking is the process of dismantling an obsolete vessel's structure for scrapping or disposal. Conducted at a pier, drydock or dismantling slip, it includes a wide range of activities, from removing all gear and equipment to cutting down and recycling the ship's infrastructure.


Shipbreaking is a challenging process, due to the structural complexity of the ships and the many environmental, safety, and health issues involved.

Hazardous Work Activities

  1. Entry into confined, enclosed, and other dangerous atmospheres.
  2. Paint removal.
  3. Metal cutting and disposal.
  4. Powered industrial truck operations.
  5. Work on elevated surfaces, particularly near deck openings and edges.
  6. Bilge and ballast water removal.
  7. Oil and fuel removal and tank cleaning.
  8. Removal and disposal of ship's machinery.
  9. Operations involving cranes, gear, and equipment for material handling.
  10. Cutting and welding operations and use of compressed gas.
  11. Activities involving scaffolds, ladders, and working services.

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