Human factors in ship dismantling – a safety approach : reality vs best practice

Kurt, Rafet E. and Turan, O. and Ceviker, E. and Taner, P. (2010) Human factors in ship dismantling – a safety approach : reality vs best practice. In: Dismantling Of Obsolete Vessels, 2010-09-13 - 2010-09-14.

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Ship dismantling (SD) is often considered as reverse ship building. For many years, ship dismantling has been neglected by the shipping industry due to lack of rules and understanding, hence severe consequences affecting both nature and human life have occurred. There has been growing concern about the health and environmental impacts of ship dismantling [1]. Therefore the impact of ship dismantling has been severely criticized by governmental and international shipping authorities as well as non-governmental organizations (NGO). As a result the procedure of developing new rules and regulations has been triggered and the safety culture is being questioned in the ship dismantling business. Although most countries that are in the ship dismantling business have almost no regulations related to ship dismantling, the case investigated in this article is Turkey, and the situation in Turkey is very different than the other major ship dismantling countries. The main reason for this difference is of course Turkey’s governmental laws and regulations on environmental protection and safety at work, as well as Turkey’s negotiations with the EU parliament. Current rules and practice on safety in shipping have been discussed in this paper. This article is the combined work of the University of Strathclyde, the Ship Recycling Association of Turkey and Ege Celik Ship Dismantling Yard in Turkey, with the aim to compare a successful business with the available best practice in ship building in the UK.