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About Wreckdock

Wreckdock Maritime was designed to address the critical problem of end-of-life seagoing vessels dismantling and recycling in a sustainable way. Erwin Jager, together with his team, is developing a new, state-of-the-art facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, integrating sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices in the processes of recycling and dismantling ships.


Wreckdock Maritime's latest initiative aims to create over 2,500 jobs for technicians from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as the company focuses on the refurbishment of out-of-order shipping vessels.


The proposed facility is set to launch by 2025 and surveys indicate that the top quality plant will be capable of dismantling and recycling up to 50 ships annually. At Wreckdock, Erwin and his team are dedicated to reversing the waste in the maritime sector while also creating jobs and boosting local economies.

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Wreckdock Vessel Recycling is a prominent ship recycling company based in Saudi Arabia. The company isestablished in 2023 with the aim of providing safe and environmentally friendly solutions to the end-of-life vessels.


The founder of Wreckdock Vessel Recycling, Mr. Erwin Jager, a well-known entrepreneur from the Netherlands, has made his mark in the business world. In 2007, he successfully sold his airport equipment company to a competitor, and after the acquisition, he moved with his family to Dubai to pursue his passion for hospitality, following in the footsteps of his grandparents. After creating a successful hospitality firm and running it for 15 years, Erwin sold it to an Asian private equity company.


Erwin's new endeavor, Wreckdock Maritime, aims to solve the crucial challenge of dismantling and recycling end-of-life seagoing vessels sustainably. Together with his team, Erwin is constructing a state-of-the-art facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that incorporates sustainable and environmentally-friendly techniques into ship recycling and dismantling. The new state of the art facility will create over 2,500 technical jobs for workers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, with a goal of recycling up to 50 ships per year.


Wreckdock Vessel Recycling operates in compliance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Hong Kong Convention and BIMCO for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. The company is committed to ensuring that all of its operations are done in an environmentally friendly and safe manner. 


The company is investing heavily in the latest technology to ensure that its ship recycling operations have minimal environmental impact. The company is also investing in a training facility for its workforce to ensure that they are able to carry out their duties in a safe and effective manner.


Despite its success, Wreckdock Vessel Recycling remains committed to continuous improvement. The company regularly invests in research and development to ensure that it is at the forefront of ship recycling technology. In doing so, Wreckdock Vessel Recycling has earned the respect of customers and regulatory bodies alike. 


In conclusion, With its commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, Wreckdock Vessel Recycling is well-positioned to continue its success for many years to come.

Founder and CEO

Erwin Jager

Erwin Jager is committed to reversing waste in the maritime industry, generating jobs, and strengthening the local economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new maritime recycling facility is set to launch in 2025, with the potential to transform the industry's approach to ship recycling and dismantle sustainably. Under his leadership, the company has the mission to become one of the most respected and successful ship recycling companies in the Middle East and Asia.

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Sustainable Vessel Recycling

Two-thirds of the world's decommissioned merchant ships are currently being sold for dismantling on beaches. These beachside dismantling operations originally evolved not because they were safer or more environmentally friendly, nor the most efficient method, but rather because of convenience and expediency. The beaches were not owned, and coastal zone management laws did not exist. There was no need to facilitate proper infrastructure to start a ship recycling yard with cheap, expendable labor. True ship recycling bears no relation to how most ships end their life today.

The solution to turn dirty and hazardous shipbreaking into sustainable ship recycling requires ship owners to sell their ships to reputable certified yards that invest in the safety and environmental standards of their operations. Moving this activity from beaches to dry docks and quays in regions with capacity for the storage and processing of oily and hazardous waste is an essential step that Wreckdock sees as an opportunity and that Wreckdock is responding to.


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