Ship Recycling

From Steel

to Steel

BW LPG works with shipyards that operation in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention for the safe recycling of ships
Towards a safe and sustainable ship recycling process

Safe and sustainable ship recycling

Ship recycling is a fundamental part of the shipping value chain. At the end of a vessel’s commercially viable life, shipowners have a responsibility to ensure that it is recycled responsibly and in a manner that minimizes impact to human health and the environment.

ISO 30000 Certified Recycling Facilities

At BW LPG, we have established a safe and sustainable process for ship recycling where we closely manage the entire process to ensure alignment with both internal and external expectations for safe recycling. We limit our selection of a ship recycling facility to those which are ISO 30000 certified and approved by a class society, and operate in full compliance with the Hong Kong Convention. ISO 30000 certification provides a transparent process and allows BW LPG to monitor vital parts of the ship recycling management system.

BW LPG Representation

Where possible, we will pre-inspect the facility and have a BW LPG representative on site with ‘stop-work authority’ throughout the demolition process.

Inventory of Hazardous Materials

Before sailing to the recycling facility, we will prepare an Inventory of Hazardous Materials document (IHM, also called a green passport), and collaborate with the recycling facility to formulate a safer and more environmentally sound plan for decommissioning the vessel.

How Ships Are Recycled Sustainably

  • Hazardous materials

    Provide inventory of Hazardous Materials and Waste Certificate (IHM)

  • Preparation

    Pre-cleaning of ship

  • Loose items

    Remove loose items

  • Electrical equipment

    Disassemble and sort electrical components

  • Steel

    Separate removal of steel for re-use

Regulatory compliance

We recycle our vessels in full compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. There are also undertakings under our various loan facilities to comply with international ship recycling regulations.

We are also governed by an internal Ship Recycling Policy that mandates that all vessels are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner. This includes conducting due diligence audits prior to committing to a ship recycling facility and having a BW LPG representative on site to ensure that the facility acts in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner.

In full compliance

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships was adopted at a diplomatic conference in 2009. The Convention requires facilities to recycle vessels in a responsible manner that do not pose unnecessary risks to human health, safety and the environment, by providing guidelines on the safe handling of environmentally hazardous substances, as well as mandating a minimal standard of working and environmental conditions at recycling yards with appropriate enforcement mechanism such as certification and reporting requirements.

Targets and metrics


Our ambition is to improve operational efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. Our strategy is to limit our harmful gas and water emissions, and reduce waste generated from our operations and activities.

To assess and manage climate-related risks and opportunities, we identify and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).