New maritime recycling site launched in Saudi Arabia


Recycling of vessels at their end-of-life will play a vital role in the creation of a circular maritime industry.

A new sustainable recycling facility for end-of-life ships is planned at the port of Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia. In addition to four dry docks, various warehouses are being developed for the dismantling and recycling of released elements, a medical service and a labour compound will be built where employees can live and work based on humane regulations. The development is being financed by a consortium of global financial partners.

“We are currently in the process of selecting the best location and the best geological characteristics for the realisation of the dry docks,” said Erwin Jager, CEO of Wreckdock Vessel Recycling, “As soon as we have completed this preliminary phase we will immediately start with the development phase and the new construction.”

Based on the construction of four drydocks from 350 meter to 500 meter long with eight quays where the team can use heavy-duty cranes, magnets, and other machinery tools, the facility will be able to dismantle the end-of-life vessel within two weeks.

During the process, Wreckdock follows strict rules and regulations to recycle all the raw materials and to trade them to the company’s suppliers for a new life. The facility will be following industrial requirements such as BIMCO Recyclecon, The Hong Kong Convention, and the EU’s Ship Recycling Regulation.

Every incoming vessel starts with a vessel recycling project plan which includes a ship recycling facility plan where its team of experts details the recycling for every vessel, including the inventory report of hazardous materials.

Wreckdock Vessel Recycling focuses on circular demolition, attempting to reuse the larger amount of demolition waste from the decommissioning project or convert it into raw material so that it can be traded to accredited customers. After every vessel, the team recycles a full and final recycling report and a vessel recycling certificate will be administrated.

Through responsible waste management programs, the company can protect the environment from the pollution of oil, gasoline, and other chemical and unfriendly ecologic materials with a risk to the environment and stop the irresponsible dismantling and recycling of end-of-life vessels on beaches in Asia.

All the oceans in the world are connected and by using the beach and the ocean for dismantling vessels the environmental results are extremely negative.

Wreckdock collects, processes, and recycles all released materials and resells them to international market parties. The firm includes the global trade and supply of steel products.

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