Demystifying Ship Recycling - Issue 13

10 Mar 2021
Author: Mr. Kiran Thorat & Dr. Anand Hiremath

Drills at HKC Compliant recycling facilities – Part 1 

Any person related to shipping is aware of the various mock drills. Whenever any movie is filmed on ships, it’s apparent to see bells ringing, hooter sounding, and drills held on the ships. Have we ever wondered what types of drills are conducted on the Hong Kong Convention compliant yards while recycling the vessels? The entire ship recycling process is related to gas cutting, heavy plates lifting and their movements, confined space entries, working at a height, etc.

Although the workers employed in the yards receive regular training, it is vital for them to participate in mock drills and understand the procedures followed during actual emergencies. The motto behind carrying out any drill at recycling facilities is to make the workers acquainted with various procedures to be followed during emergencies. Participation in mock drills is the way to make the workers familiar with the methods and equipment which can be used in a crisis. It helps workers to understand the SOPs to be followed. 

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Fire and explosion on plot and Fire and Explosion on Ship:

While conducting a fire drill on the ship, a small fire is simulated and workers are asked to extinguish the fire as the SOP. Actions taken during the drills by each worker are observed, and their timing is recorded. In the drill, different types of fire extinguishers are function tested. Post drill review meetings are conducted under the guidance of the safety officer for effective learning.

Confined Space Rescue:

Ships are built of steel and have multiple compartments. Double bottom tanks, fuels oil tanks and smaller auxiliary tanks are all confined spaces. It’s foremost for yard workers to understand the significance of confined space rescue. Keeping this in mind, yards conduct the drills to rescue a person from confined spaces. It helps workers to respond promptly during an actual emergency. 

Evacuation from ship and plot: 

Once the ship recycling commences, its structure changes every day due to the slicing of the hull and the access to the vessel is altered as per the structure. Workers need to understand the evacuation from the ship and plot in case of emergency. Therefore, yards regularly conduct the evacuation from ship and plot drills. 

The drills are also conducted during the audit by the SOC issuing classification society. 

Each type of drill has its own significance. HKC compliant recycling facilities strictly comply with the annual schedule of various mock drills.

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About Author

Kiran Thorat is a Sustainable Ship & Offshore Recycling Executive at GMS, where he looks after sustainable ship recycling projects. Kiran believes that Sustainable Recycling is an integral part of Sustainable Shipping and a notable example of a circular economy. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Marine Engineering and Research Institute (DMET), India, and a Master's Degree in Energy, Trade, and Finance from Cass Business School, London.

Dr. Anand M. Hiremath is a Civil Engineer and holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), India. He was awarded Doctorate Degree in the year 2016 for his research work on Ship Recycling by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India. In addition, he has a diploma in Industrial safety, is a qualified lead auditor for ISO 9k, 14k and 18k. Dr. Hiremath published the first practical handbook on ship recycling, entitled: "The Green Handbook: A Practical Checklist to Monitor the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships" which highlights the procedures the GMS RSRP follows to help both Ship and Yard Owners recycle a vessel in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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