Suezmax Tanker Under Tow, Built 1975, DWT 125,000, LDT 23,000

Reefer Ship, Built 1983, DWT 10,000, LDT 6,000

RO/RO, Built 1984, DWT 20,000, LDT 12,000


Most of the recycling is done in Alang on the west coast of India.

  • Alang has about 170 ship recycling yards making it the market with the largest number of yards.
  • More than 75 yards have ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and about 25 yards have the fourth Certificate ISO 30000 certification.
  • Can handle all sizes and type of ships.
  • Pays better value for specialized ships like reefers, LPG, PCC, containers.
  • Recycles about 350-400 vessels annually.
  • Has a natural, suitable beach for beaching of vessels with a 1 degree slope.
  • Pays higher value for vessels due to the ability to pay better prices for usable second hand machinery, ship spares, non-ferrous items.


The recycling of ships is done at Chittagong.

  • Chittagong has about 50 ship recycling yards.
  • They prefer tankers and larger bulkers to all other types of vessels - the bigger the better.
  • Recycles about 100-200 vessels annually.
  • They practice beaching methods.
  • Few yards are working to get certified for all ISO certificates.


The recycling of ships is done at Karachi/Gadani.

  • Pakistan has about 25 ship recycling yards.
  • None of the yards have any green certification.
  • They prefer tankers to all other types of vessels - the bigger the better.
  • Recycles about 50 vessels annually.
  • They practice beaching methods.


China is the only country that does not practice beaching method of recycling.

The recyclers use pier-side or dry dock facilities to conduct the recycling operations. There are about 80-90 yards performing ship recycling, however, the capacity in China is very elastic as many repair yards can double as recycling yards, though they may not have the experience and the know-how. The sellers, however, need to be aware of draft restrictions that may affect the delivery of the ship.

Some yards in China have good and modern equipment. These yards are well-equipped to perform green recycling and are used by owners who need their vessels to be recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Moreover, they are also preferred by some Owners as they are less "controversial" since they don't practice the beaching method. Chinese yards traditionally pay a lot less that the Indian sub-continent. The Chinese government gives an incentive to Chinese flagged vessels recycled in China if certain conditions are fulfilled. The incentive is available at least until the end of 2017.