LEYAL ship recycling Ltd. (LEYAL Gemi Söküm) is the leading ship dismantling
and recycling company in Turkey. Established in early 1980s,
the Company has evolved to become the owner of the largest
ship dismantling facilities in the country. With approximately 5
hectares of land dedicated to ship dismantling,
the company is capable of directly or indirectly processing
up to 100,000 tons of steel per year -nominal capacity-.
LEYAL is fully licensed for its ship recycling operations by the relevant competent authorities in
Turkey, namely the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Undersecretariat of Maritime Affairs, and the Ministry of
Labour and Social Security (in Turkey the three ministries jointly regulate the ship recycling industry).
The Company's recycling facilities are located
near the city of Aliaga on Turkey's Aegean coast, approximately
60 Km North of the port of Izmir. The surrounding
area is a well-established industrial province (the largest in Turkey) also including two ports, an LNG
terminal, power generation plant, a major refinery and petrochemical complex.
Aliaga is also home to a number of major steel mills (Turkey was the world's No. 8 steel producer in 2012) and provides easy
access to facilities dealing with
downstream waste management
Turkey, apart from being a European Union Associate
Member, is the only OECD
country with a well established ship recycling industry. LEYAL was the first European ship
recycling company to apply the European
Union Notification Procedure for the Transboundary Movement
of Waste (EU Regulation 259/93, since substituted by 1013/2006), in the case of the
dismantling of the German Navy destroyer Rommel.
LEYAL's commitment to its workers and to the environment
is paramount, having an excellent record for worker
safety and environmental protection, and abiding to
the most strict national and international regulations.
In 2006, LEYAL became the first ship recycling company
in Turkey to be awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification by a leading British
assessment, verification and certification body accredited by both UKAS and ANSI-ASQ.
LEYAL is also proud to have been contracted for the recycling of the highest profile vessels to arrive to Turkey for recycling
in the case of a 150,000 dwt FPSO from a European oil major (the first and only FPSO to have been recycled in Turkey),
and more recently, having been awarded a contract by the British
Navy for the recycling of the flagship aircraft carriers HMS Invincible in 2011 and HMS Ark Royal in 2013. Furthermore in recent years LEYAL has also been the
recycling facility of choice for a number major European shipwoners for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of their fleets (references available upon request).
Working with LEYAL also carries the stamp of approval of the International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA), a Dutch non-government organization
formed to promote safe and environmentally sound ship recycling around the world, especially in the absence of globally enforceable "green" standards for
LEYAL is your reliable partner for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of your obsolete seagoing vessels assisting you in emphasizing your
"green" CSR credentials.
In a rapidly changing environment, LEYAL's management was quick to recognize the difference between traditional ship breaking vs. ship recycling that contributes to Green Growth by offering a high standard
and cost effective operation in line with the new international "green" norms.