The Ship Recycling Consortium is formed by Saipem (51%) and San Giorgio del Porto (49%). These two companies joined forces in September 2012 with the aim of providing services in the field of “Green Ship Dismantling” (i.e. environmentally and socially sustainable dismantling of end-of-life ships).

Thanks to its technical and management expertise, Saipem guarantees supervision of the environmental aspects of ship dismantling projects; its services include monitoring, environmental protection measures, oil spill response, remediation of areas and infrastructure as well as waste disposal and recycling.

San Giorgio del Porto has the right to use major ship demolition and recycling assets in the ports of Genoa and Marseille. It is the first shipyard to be listed on the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s Special Register of Environmental Ship Reclamation & Recycling Facilities.

The Ship Recycling Consortium has Integrated Environmental Authorization for dismantling and recycling of the Concordia; it is duly certified and authorized with regard to the two companies’ respective Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems (9000 / 14000 / 18000) and also has specific ISO 30000:2009 certification for Ship Recycling Management.

Genoa is the only Mediterranean port equipped with a dedicated water treatment plant.

The issue of ship recycling has been on the international agenda for some years now, particularly since the adoption by IMO (International Maritime Organization) in 2009 of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The Convention will enter into force following ratification by at least 15 States whose combined merchant fleets constitute not less than 40% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant fleet.

Italy is one of the first five signatory States to the Convention.