At the end of its service life, any vessel shall not trigger risks to human health, safety, and the environment. Green ship recycling reduces the amount of waste and keeps the waste materials from shipbreaking away from the beaches in order to preserve the environment and avoid any harmful impact.

At OSM Thome, out-of-service vessels are responsibly recycled in full compliance with relevant rules and regulations. Our qualified site team closely oversees each stage of the process and has the authority to stop work immediately if anything is not in accordance with our safety, environmental or welfare standards.

A ship recycling plan should include a Safety & Health Plan, an Environmental Compliance Plan, and an Operational Plan. Our company can manage the whole procedure of the recycling of your ship – from port exportation to the deliverance of the “Statement of Completion” with applicable regulations.

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Step 1 – Contract for ship recycling

OSM Thome assists the shipowners with contract preparations with the recycling facility and preparation of documentation and records to meet the requirements of the IMO Hong Kong Convention and/or the EU Ship Recycling Regulation and its guidelines, the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM), Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP), Ship Recycling Plan (SRP), Statement of Completion (SoC), and class survey statement (Independent Regulatory Review Commission – IRRC). In addition, a Ship Recycling Facility (SRF) monitoring program will be developed.

Step 2 – Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) preparation

The IHM is a ship-specific record that can only be prepared by a qualified expert.

Step 3 – Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) development

The SRP should be developed. In accordance with MEPC.196(62), refer to a specific SRF, reflect the vessel’s specific Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) and provide licensed disposal and recycling solutions for all materials listed in the IHM.

Step 4 – Ship Recycling Plan (SRP) approval process

The SRP requires Competent Authority (Recycling State) approval. Explicit approval shall be with written notice of result and tacit approval shall specify the end date of a 14-day review period. An expert assessment of the SRP is recommended until the regulations are fully applicable.

Step 5 – Approved Ship Recycling Plan (SRP)

The SRF forwards the approved SRP to the shipowner. The SRP should contain the final version of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).

Step 6 – Final survey by class

The final survey shall be conducted before the recycling activity starts. The survey guidelines (MEPC. 222[64]) should be followed. After the successful survey, an IRRC can be issued. The documents to be submitted for the survey include the IHM (Parts I, II, and III), the approved SRP and a copy of a valid SRF Document of Authorization of Ship Recycling (DASR).

Step 7 – Report and start of ship recycling

The SRF commences the ship recycling with the submission of the IRRC to the Competent Authority. The process should be monitored by an independent expert if the SRF is not on the EU list of approved SRFs.

Step 8 – Statement of Completion (SoC)

After completion, the SRF issues a Statement of Completion (SoC) together with a report on any accidents damaging human health and the environment, reports this to its client and the Competent Authority. All involved stakeholders receive a copy of the SoC.


As of today, industrial requirements are as follows:

European Economic Area (EEA) flagged vessels will be governed by the EU Regulation on Ship Recycling. This means that the ship must be recycled at a facility in the European list of ship recycling – in this case, a European Economic Area country. There are 15 countries in the EEA.

Non-EEA-flagged vessels will be governed by the European Regulation on Shipments of Waste if exported from an EEA port for dismantling. This means it must be recycled in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country.  There are 38 countries in the OECD.

Non-EEA-flagged vessels will be governed by the Basel Convention outside the EEA if exported from a non-EEA port for dismantling. This means a ship may be recycled in EEA countries, OECD countries or in countries where the Basel Convention has been ratified. 53 countries have ratified the Basel Convention so far.