In a rather unique initiative designed to support the recycling of equipment and accessories from retired ships, Japanese company Mitsui OSK Lines is launching an online store that will facilitate the sale of second-hand ship equipment from the shipbreaking yards of ships. The online store, which was launched in January 2022, is operated by MOL Turkey Denizcilik Ve Lojistik Tic. A.? initially sells from recycling yards in Turkey, but plans to expand to other ship recycling convention compliant/certified yards.
Announcing the global launch of the “MOL Shop”, the company said that MOL Turkey will encourage recycling and reduce waste of used ship equipment, which until now had to be stored for long periods of time or disposed of in shipyards. shipbreaking in Turkey. They plan to sell items to customers around the world through a newly established cross-border e-commerce website.
Currently, most of the site’s listings are mostly for older items, but the company is looking at ways to expand the selection in the future with larger items. The team running the operation notes that the machinery installed on the ships will be sold “as is” as second-hand goods. They note that it can be installed in factories or other ships. They said some lifeboats have already been modified to become pleasure boats and fishing boats, providing an example of reuse for another part of the vessels being recycled.
Further, they also noted that with the global downturn in the cruise industry, Turkey has received several cruise ships at circuit breakers from 2020. Cruise ship recycling continues with the Carnival feeling currently sailing to Turkey where she is due to arrive at the end of next week while other cruise ships are laid up in the area waiting for space at the demolition yards. Cruise ships usually arrive fully equipped with more items and parts like wood, furniture, cooking utensils, etc. than commercial vessels that are recycled. The store operators have indicated that small parts, crockery and furniture used in the accommodation areas will also be on sale.
“Although we have only just started the service, we want our site to be the largest platform in the world for the sale of second-hand items from demolished ships”, writes the operator of the shop. MOL said the group aims to expand its business scope globally and looks to countries like India and Bangladesh, where a large number of ships are dismantled every year.