Improving ship design process to enhance ship recycling

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The ship design process is primarily influenced by operational requirements stipulated by the ship owner, safety requirements stipulated by international regulations such as MARPOL, SOLAS, IMO codes etc. and production requirements specified by the shipyard. Unfortunately, the final phase of a ship’s lifecycle i.e. recycling is usually not part of this process. An improved design, not just in terms of easy to dismantle structure but also in terms of easily available information at the end of ship’s life, can facilitate safe and environmentally sound ship recycling. The information about ship’s materials can be stored in ship documents as early as during the design stage. Presently, this might be obtained from the lightweight distribution given in the ship’s stability manual. Unfortunately, it is neither standardized nor quite extensive enough. This paper proposes a new format of lightweight distribution in order to store such critical information for ship recyclers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaritime Technology and Engineering 3
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime Technology and Engineering
EditorsC.G. Soares, T.A. Santos
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03000-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMARTECH 2016: 3rd International Conference on Maritime Technology and Engineering - Holiday Inn Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Jul 20166 Jul 2016


ConferenceMARTECH 2016: 3rd International Conference on Maritime Technology and Engineering
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  • ship recycling
  • ship breaking
  • ship design
  • ship dismantling


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