On March 6, 2018, the 353-metre container ship Maersk Honam was extensively damaged by fire while sailing in the Arabian Sea, heading for the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. All cargo in the forward section of the ship and the accommodation areas were completely burned.
The damaged cargo included auto-parts, machineries/equipment and hand tools to various chemicals products, bulk liquids, electronics, textiles, plastics, foodstuff, construction and building material, metals, etc. Some 20,000 tonnes of waste produced were removed from the vessel and transported to Port Khalid port in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, for temporary storage in 6m open containers.
Green Evolution Environmental Services LLC, a Polygreen Ltd Company, based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, was appointed the execution of this project. In March 2019 it submitted a proposal for the management, treatment and disposal of all waste produced by C/S Maersk Honam, currently located in Khalid Port. The contract for the project was signed on 6 December 2019.
There has been fierce competition between international companies for the management of this project. The appointment of Polygreen was therefore of great significance for the company, as through this project but also through its increasingly intense activity in the countries of the Middle East and the Gulf, Polygreen has the opportunity to highlight the dynamic characteristics and elements for which it is distinguished worldwide as well as a positive impact for environmental business.
Project management is designed in such a way as to avoid environmental impacts, to ensure the customer from any further liability and to minimize its execution time. Flexibility and good knowledge of waste management options are essential for the completion of the project under high environmental standards.
Operations involve environmentally sound separation, segregation, identification and classification of waste; Packaging and labeling of waste according to each type and based on international transport Codes; Transportation and Final disposal/ Recovery at accredited facilities.