JRD believes that by achieving a SOC for HKC from Class NK, we have taken an important step towards upgrading to the ideal Green Ship Recycling Yard. However, the journey is never-ending.
We have identified the following areas which concern ship owners the most when they evaluate a yard to see how ‘Green ” it really is.
Minimizing the environmental impact of the activity
Safety of the workers and visitors at the yard
Working conditions of the employees at the facility
Therefore, apart from maintaining the infrastructure, processes and skilled people needed to operate an HKC compliant facility, we would like the highlight some of the measures undertaken by us which are over and above the requirements of the regulators in India and even the stipulations of HKC compliance.
With these initiatives/ improvements in place, we are confident that our facility can stand up to the highest possible standards in Ship Recycling, anywhere in the world.
Reducing Environmental Effects
Minimizing the environmental impact of this industry.
100% of the materials are processed, stored and sold from impermeable flooring with an adequate drainage system. This ensures waste is captured almost fully and disposed effectively. Additionally, the yard is almost completely free from dust leading to pleasant working conditions within.
An IHM is a must for dismantling at JRD ..either prepared by the shipowners or commissioned by JRD when the vessel arrives.
Routinely, only clean blocks are allowed to be removed from the vessel. Onboard the vessel, the block to be cut is completely stripped of all waste ( Hazardous and Non-Hazardous). Then the block is swept clean of any metal and waste debris and then a cleanliness certificate is made for EACH block dismantled and removed are from the ship.
Sometimes, it is not possible to clean the blocks completely on board. Even such slightly contaminated blocks like cabin section having bits of glass wool etc, attached are not allowed to come in contact with the intertidal zone. They are felled into the ship and lifted from there directly on to the concrete platform.
Reducing Environmental Effects
There are separate areas for processing absolutely clean blocks and these slightly contaminated blocks /blocks which may yield further waste after cutting for eg. Engine room machinery.
These sections have separate drainage and collection tanks. Water from the clean section is used for fire fighting and allowed to be discharged in the sea if needed. Water from the latter section is presumed contaminated and send to the TSDF.
All the debris from both the cutting areas which comprise of iron slag, glass wool bits, paint chips, rubber plastic and wood debris, dust and other waste is collected and passed through a segregation machine . This machine segregates the waste initially , where after the final segregation is done by hand and the arisings are then disposed off by sending the sand and stones to the beach , the non hazardous waste to local landfills and the balance to the TDSF to be treated as hazardous waste and disposed accordingly.
We believe that this system captures nearly ALL the waste generated and is possibly the highest standards of waste capture and disposal that once can achieve in ship recycling .