Conversion & Disposal

Conversion & Disposal

With a growing worldwide fleet of ageing vessels – and against the backdrop of increasing environmental regulation – the UK marine sector has extensive capabilities that can be used to address the need for safe and clean ship disposal.

The UK has a wide range of companies that have the knowledge and expertise to carry out ship refits and conversion for all types of vessels, including ferries, tankers and cruise liners.  The yards are spread around the UK and have the facilities and capabilities to perform all types of ship repair requirements, from emergency repairs to upgrades and installations of new equipment.  


 Ship disposal and recycling

The IMO Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted 2009.  The Convention will ensure ships that are at the end of their lives do not pose risks to human health, safety and to the environment.  Click here for more information.

The European Commission has started to process to adopt the regulation on ship recycling, which would lead to ratification of the Hong Kong Convention. Click here for more information.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has produced an overview of the technical and regulatory requirements to operate a ship recycling facility. 

The Ministry of Defence's Defence Services Authority manages the disposal of naval ships, submarines and maritime equipment.  Click here for more information.

Licensed ship recycling and disposal facilities include: