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There comes a time in a ship's career when it needs to be retired because it is simply
too old, is no longer structurally sound, is not economical to operate, is no longer
necessary to fulfill a mission, or it has become an environmental hazard and liability.
Responsible disposal of hazardous substances and recycling of valuable scrap
metals is sensible from the standpoint of ethics and environmental compliance.
Recycling of metals,
plastics and other
reusable materials and
properly disposing of
hazardous waste streams
is not only for retired ships.
Cruise ships have
whose duties include
proper disposal of waste
oils, overseeing waste
streams such as
film processing chemicals,
black and grey water
sewage plant disposal.
The U.S.S. Ortolan was built in 1968 as a submarine rescue ship. The twin-hulled vessel was
built for a very specialized mission. After being retired from service, she was taken out of the
James Fleet Reserve Fleet to be recycled. The recycling of older ships presents challenges in
terms of economically recovering scrap steel and precious metals while responsibly removing
harmful substances such as asbestos, lead, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls that contain
dioxins) and other possible hazardous waste streams.
The Orolan (above) was disposed of at Esco Marine . Ship disposal involves recovery
of steel scrap, recovering valuable and precious metals, removing asbestos, PCBs,
lead and hazardous substances in compliance with EPA & state environmental regs.