ABOUT US

Experts in decontaminating and circular dismantling of maritime objects.

DECOM Amsterdam was founded in 2018 by our partner company, KOOLE Contractors. KOOLE was founded in 1988, and originally focused on demolition work in the industrial sector. Thanks to the consistent growth of the company, KOOLE has expanded overseas during the past decade. Alongside the expansion of operations abroad, the range of services offered has also increased. For example, KOOLE intensified its maritime services with the acquisition of Mammoet Salvage in 2016.

The company’s many years of experience in maritime services led to the founding of DECOM Amsterdam, which expands the range of maritime services offered.

DECOM OFFERS A SUSTAINABLE AND AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE FOR END-OF-LIFE SHIPS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE DISMANTLED IN AN IRRESPONSIBLE MANNER OUTSIDE EUROPE.

In many cases, end-of-life ships are dismantled under poor social and environmental conditions, often in yards and on beaches outside Europe. This leads to unacceptable risks to people and the environment. Despite this, this still happens on a large scale. At DECOM Amsterdam, maritime objects are dismantled in a circular and environmentally friendly manner. Hazardous substances, such as asbestos, NORM materials, oil residues, paint containing lead or hexavalent chromium are removed, separated and processed in an environmentally friendly manner. Valuable raw materials such as iron, copper and aluminium are given a new life and are supplied to specialised third parties for reuse.

EU SRR Legalisation

The legislation and regulations covering the disassembly of maritime objects are becoming increasingly strict. For example, the new European legislation (EU SRR) comes into force in 2021. This legislation stops the export of waste in the form of end-of-life ships to developing countries. As a result, the disassembly of European ships must be carried out by an EU-approved disassembly contractor and under strict supervision. At present, only a few shipyards comply with this EU standard.

Regulation EU 1257/2013

DECOM Amsterdam is an approved ship recycling facility and fully complies with the legislation and regulations.

DECOM AMSTERDAM FULLY COMPLIES WITH THE NEW LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS AND AS SUCH IS OPTIMALLY PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE AND THE EXPECTED MARKET GROWTH.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the ideal home port for the activities of DECOM. The DECOM site has an area of 16 hectares. Half of this is water, the rest is the working area. The yard has a capacity of 200 kilotonnes per year and is thus one of the largest disassembly yards in Europe in terms of recycling capacity. The dock has its own pier, which is suitable for mooring ships with a draft of 9 metres and a length of around 150 metres. The access routes are excellent – thanks to the connection to the sea locks at IJmuiden – and Amsterdam has a very good strategic location in relation to the North Sea and other major European ports. The dock has its own long quay, which is intended for mooring ships that are to be dismantled.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the ideal home port for the activities of DECOM. The DECOM site has an area of 16 hectares. Half of this is water, the rest is the working area. The yard has a capacity of 200 kilotonnes per year and is thus one of the largest disassembly yards in Europe in terms of recycling capacity. The dock has its own pier, which is suitable for mooring ships with a draft of 9 metres and a length of around 150 metres. The access routes are excellent – thanks to the connection to the sea locks at IJmuiden – and Amsterdam has a very good strategic location in relation to the North Sea and other major European ports. The dock has its own long quay, which is intended for mooring ships that are to be dismantled.

HOW DOES THE YARD WORK?

Platforms are directly lifted onto the site, after which disassembly proceeds on land. Ships are first moored by the quay. Following a thorough inspection and inventory, any liquids and hazardous substances on board are carefully removed in accordance with the applicable legislation. Once this has taken place, the ship is winched onto the liquid-tight floor. The rest of the disassembly takes place here. The waste and scrap are kept dry and stored separately in containers or barges. The residual waste is processed by certified waste processing companies.