Grimsby Shipyard Services Ltd (GSS), since it’s opening in September 2016, has proved to be a successful addition to the Port of Grimsby east/ Grimsby Fish Docks facilities. A wide variety of vessels have taken advantage of the competitive, convenience and professional service for lifting vessels out of the water.
Recently, vessel scrapping/demolition has been added to the list of Shipyard Facilities available GSS. GSS has teamed up with CLS. CLS is one of the UK’s leading medium sized civil engineering, construction, demolition and survey companies. They are a family-owned company that are proud to have built up a wealth of knowledge and experience from a large range of projects throughout the UK and abroad since 1972. Their family values ensure they treat every project individually and commitment in providing a first class finished project.
Ship-breaking (also known as ship recycling, ship demolition, ship dismantling, or ship cracking) is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for either a source of parts, which can be sold for re-use, or for the extraction of raw materials, chiefly scrap. Modern ships have a life-span of 25 to 30 years before corrosion, metal fatigue and a lack of parts render them uneconomical to operate. Ship-breaking allows the materials from the ship, especially steel, to be recycled and made into new products. This lowers the demand for mined iron ore and reduces energy use in the steelmaking process. Fixtures and other equipment on board the vessels can also be reused.
Prior to dismantling, an inventory of dangerous substances will be compiled. All hazardous materials and liquids, such as bilge water, are removed before disassembly. Holes should be bored for ventilation and all flammable vapours are extracted. Vessels up to 200 tonnes are hoisted out on site at Grimsby Shipyard Services and the vessel is then stripped down to a bare hull, with objects cut free using saws, grinders, abrasive cutting wheels, hand held shears, plasma and gas torches.
Before the hull is cut up, hazardous and non-hazardous waste are separated and have appropriate storage units. Notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos is isolated, secured and removed. Earlier this year an old tug boat was demolished. The following images show the process from liftout to hull cutting. Should you have any vessel scrapping/demolition requirements please contact GSS for more information on the service available.