Audit During Recycling for the China Navigation Company

ClientPacific Flores

The China Navigation Company (CNCo)

Challenge faced

To ensure best practice before, during and after the recycling of four general cargo ships, in line with CNCo’s sustainable ship recycling policy.

Why LR was chosen?

In-depth, unrivalled knowledge of ship recycling legislation, standards and practices ensured we were able to provide a best practice solution at short notice.

We have been actively working on ship recycling projects since the 1990s, are the International Association of Classification Societies' ship recycling representative at the International Maritime Organization, and were instrumental in the development of the ISO 30000 management system standard for ship recycling facilities.

Our solution

When: 2013

Who: A multi-disciplinary team consisting of LR Marine Ship Recycling Specialists, Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) Approval Team, local Existing Ship Surveyors and LRQA Environmental Auditors.

What: IHM Approval, verification, and Final Survey in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention

  • Pre-assessment of Ship Recycling Facility Plan
  • Inspections before, during and after the recycling of each ship
  • Issuance of Reports on Ship Recycling


The issuance of IHM, Final Survey, Ready for Recycling, and Completion of Recycling ‘Statements of Compliance’ helped CNCo to:

  • Demonstrate best practice
  • Limit their liabilities
  • Further enhance their reputation as a leading, responsible shipowner


"Our decision to avoid using recycling by beaching, due to environmental and human health concerns, required a paradigm shift in the old shipping business mind-set; we are taking responsibility for an asset and how it is treated. We did this simply because it is the right thing to do."
Simon Bennett, General Manager for Sustainable Development, CNCo