Carnival Corporation delivers retired ships for recycling in Turkey

Carnival Corporation delivers retired ships for recycling in Turkey
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Fantasy (pictured) and Carnival Inspiration will be dismantled at the demolition yards in Turkey

Carnival Corporation has delivered retired ships Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration to Turkey-based maritime reclamation and recycling specialists Ege Çelik and Simsekler for dismantling and recycling.

Carnival Corporation worked with the environmental non-profit Bellona Foundation and ship recycling experts Sea2Cradle to develop an approach to dismantling the ships. The organisations helped identify maritime vessel retirement solutions that can reuse, reclaim and recycle retired ships.

"Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection, and the health and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew," said Bill Burke, chief maritime officer for Carnival Corporation. "That commitment extends to our cruise ships, starting from the moment a ship becomes part of our fleet and continuing all the way through to its retirement. In addition to limiting our vessels' impact on the environment throughout their service time in our fleet, recycling our retired ships following the European Ship Recycling Regulation ensures we are applying the highest global standards and contributing to a sustainable cruise industry."

Ege Çelik and Simsekler were selected for their compliance with international environmental regulations. The companies will create a recycling plan for each ship in consultation with Sea2Cradle, which will include a complete inventory of hazardous materials and the procedures for safely removing and processing them.

Once these materials have been removed the companies will begin dismantling the vessels, stripping them of materials that can be reused in new ships, ship repair or other applications. Steel and metal scraps will be recycled for direct use or in other products. Sea2Cradle will supervise the dismantling at the demolition yards to ensure standards are maintained.

“We are proud to collaborate with Carnival Corporation for the clean and safe recycling of their retired cruise vessels,” said Wouter Rozenveld, director of Sea2Cradle. “We recently carried out the Inventory of Hazardous Materials that will form the basis of a unique ship recycling plan created for each vessel. We will also see to it that non-recyclable materials are being disposed of and treated properly, and we will remain onsite until the last piece of steel is brought to the smelter to produce new products.”

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
05 August 2020

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