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Emden shipyard and dock gets into ship recycling

Caption: © EWD / Bruns

Emder Werft und Dock GmbH (EWD) wants to tap into a “new” market and is entering the ship dismantling sector with the newly founded company branch EWD Benli Recycling.

EWD announced today that its core business will be dismantling small units from public authorities, inland waterway vessels, coasters, small passenger ships, and ferries.

“The need is there, because port operating companies, the water police and the Federal Maritime Police in particular have a large number of ships with an average age of more than 40 years and, as a result, many units that are up to 80 years old or even older,” said EWD Managing Director Björn Sommer. The necessary certification process is currently underway.

During the renovation of the museum ship “Amrumbank“, the ship was completely gutted at the time and the realisation had already grown that the team at the Emden shipyard and dock was familiar with fabrics and materials and the dismantling of a ship. “We are now determined to enter this business segment,” says Sommer, who is also head of the new EWD Benli Recycling division. Until now, the company has always had to turn down requests to recycle ships due to a lack of certification.

Emden shipyard and dock works together with Jeanvré and ReLog

Last year, EWD took over the former Lindenau shipyard as a Baltic Sea location.

Not only the network from the Bremerhaven-based Benli Group, to which EWD has belonged since the beginning of 2020, but also a working partnership with recycling expert Sebastian Jeanvré should ensure a broad range of expertise. Born in Braunschweig, he runs Umweltkanzlei Beratungs- und Prüfgesellschaft GmbH, which specialises in engineering services and environmental management. Jeanvré is also Managing Director of ReLog GmbH, a company for the planning and implementation of industrial dismantling projects, ship, engine and aircraft recycling.

The joint venture aims to dismantle industrial facilities in the future. Together with Björn Sommer, Jeanvré forms a dual leadership team in the management of the new EWD Benli Recycling.

Sealed areas with dock and quay facilities, as well as corresponding cranes, form the infrastructure for dismantling ships on the EWD site in the port of Emden. “Promising talks are already underway for the first recycling projects,” says Sommer.

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