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Pilot project demonstrates cold cutting for sustainable ship recycling


A 56-year-old barge was put in place on June 17 as part of the pilot project for cold cutting technology (Leviathan)

Posted on June 17, 2022 6:18 PM by

The Maritime Executive







The first ship of a new sustainable ship recycling operation in Germany has arrived at the Kiel shipyard where the pilot project will take place over the next few weeks. A German startup called Leviathan is working with Germany Naval Yards to demonstrate their process for applying for EU acceptance.


Leviathan reports that it has spent more than 10 years developing sustainable recycling technologies for ships. The cut will be made with cold cut technology. According to the company, trials on test objects have shown that clean cutting technology can reduce CO2 emissions during the dismantling process by a factor of 300. They have worked to optimize and mechanize the processes so that they are both safe and economical for ship recycling. on an industrial scale.


The sustainable recycling process will now be applied for the first time on a 123-foot-long landing craft at German shipyard facilities using technologies developed by Leviathan. The 56-year-old ship, the HC Hagemann 1, had operated as a supply ship. She arrived at the Kiel yard on June 14th and today June 17th they lifted the 147 dwt vessel into position. According to EU rules, the cut must be made on a solid base so that no hazardous materials reach the ground.


“For German Naval Yards, which traditionally builds and converts ships, environmentally friendly recycling is a welcome new challenge that we are happy to take on,” says Sofien Lamiri, COO of German Naval Yards.


Cutting work will begin on June 20 and is expected to last up to six weeks. As part of this unique project, the yard will also offer artists the opportunity to reuse parts and materials from the ship to further transform them or convert them into works of art.


“This is an important milestone and the performance of the ESG-compliant recycling process can now be verified in the coming weeks,” said Karsten Schumacher, managing partner at Leviathan. After successful trial, companies will apply for approval according to EU regulations.