A new lease on life for the mythic Jeanne d’Arc training ship
More than 1,000 ships are sent to ship-breaking yards across the world each year. Many of these vessels are decommissioned under conditions inconsistent with environmental good practices. How can end-of-life ships be decommissioned while recycling most materials and protecting the environment? In the French city of Bordeaux, Veolia is decontaminating, dismantling and recycling a 181-meter ship that was once a symbol of the French navy: the former Jeanne d’Arc. Ninety percent of the 9,000 metric tons of steel, electronic and electric equipment, and various other materials will be recycled and transformed into new objects.