Tradewinds – Galloo Gent joins green-recycling body

(Written by Jonathan Boonzaier)

27 February 2013 - Green-scrapping organisation the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA) has signed up Belgian ship-recycling yard Galloo Gent as its 10th shipyard member.

ISRA secretary-general Bernard Veldhoven says the Galloo Gent facility, previously known as Van Heyghen Recycling, was inspected last November and met the association’s standards.

“We were impressed by the well-organised logistics, the clean working and storage floors in the open spaces and the functioning of new equipment, including cranes invested for recycling,” Veldhoven told TradeWinds.

Galloo Gent has been active in shipbreaking since 1928 and over the past decade has turned into a fully “green yard” with demolition activities undertaken alongside quays and on slipways.

It has an annual recycling capacity of 60,000 ldt and dismantles about 45 ships a year.

“The yard is the exponent of modern green recycling and one of the world’s key players in this industry,” said Veldhoven.

Gallo Gent head of ship recycling Peter Wyntin says that by being a member of ISRA it wanted to demonstrate the company’s abilities and be one of the spokesmen for global green recycling.

ISRA’s A-class members, the ship-recycling yards, include five in China, three in Turkey and one each in the Netherlands and Belgium.

A further 10 associate members comprise a mixture of classification societies, shipowners and shipmanagers.

The association, based in The Hague, was set up in October 2007 to promote environmentally friendly ship-recycling practises.