Ship recycling companies in Turkey are doing well as more and more cruise ships dock for decommissioning. The head of the professional association for ship recycling stated this in an interview with Freitag Reuters. Due to the corona crisis, cruise shipping has largely come to a standstill, making many ships redundant.
“We are trying to turn this crisis into an opportunity,” said Kamil Onal. “Ship recycling has increased since the corona crisis.”
The sector is mainly focused on Aliaga in Izmir Province, where around 2,500 people work in the industry. Five cruise ships are currently being dismantled. According to Onal, three more ships will be added shortly.
In particular, the steel of the ships is reused. The dismantled volume is expected to increase this year by 57 percent to 1.1 million tons. Other parts of the ship, such as parts of the interior, are resold to local contractors, including hotel owners.