Marco Polo Marine awarded ship recycling permit in Indonesia

Singapore-based Marco Polo Marine is moving into ‘green’ ship recycling, after being awarded a permit by local authorities in Indonesia to conduct ship recycling activities. 

The company says its new permit will “help shipowners recycle their end-of-life ships in a safe and environmentally sound manner.” 

The company’s Marcopolo Shipyard in Batam has also been awarded the ISO 30000:2009 certificate by ABS Quality Evaluations. The certification is often a prerequisite by shipowners as the shipping industry looks to comply with the new European Union Regulation on Ship Recycling and the International Maritime Organisation Hong Kong Convention. 

The maritime industry has come under mounting pressure from stakeholders to ensure vessels are recycled in a safe and responsible manner.

Marco Polo Marine says it is the first shipyard in Indonesia to be certified with the ISO 30000:2009 certificate.

“Given the growing interest in sustainability by the shipping industry, we are excited to expand our shipyard services to include green ship recycling,” says Sean Lee, CEO of Marco Polo Marine. ”With the ISO certification by ABS QE, ship owners can be assured that their vessels are recycled in safe and environmentally sound facilities.”

To promote transparency across the shipping value chain and accelerate a voluntary market-driven approach to responsible ship recycling practices, the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) was also launched in 2018. Since its launch, the SRTI has received over 20 signatories including major shipowners such as Maersk, NYK and Crowley, signalling the shipping industry’s strong intent and efforts to pursue on its sustainability and green recycling efforts. 

“I would like to congratulate Marco Polo for this achievement,” says Pier Carazzai, ABS vice president South Pacific region – business development. “ABS and Marco Polo Marine have worked together since 2009, supporting new construction projects, Classing of existing fleet, certifying Ship Management Systems for drydocking and approval in principle (AIP) to validate new technologies. Additionally, we have partnered on joint development programs on the design of new sustainable vessels.” 

“The ISO 30000 certification is a significant milestone on Marco Polo Marine’s journey to sustainable shipping. We are honoured to have supported this process,” says Dominic Townsend, President, ABS Quality Evaluations.