Modern American Recycling Services, Fredrikshavn (M.A.R.S.) is now fully operational and is Denmark’s largest EU approved yard. Its US based owner M.A.R.S. Inc. also has five other recycling yards in the southern United States in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. M.A.R.S. Fredrikshavn operates a gigantic 280.000 Sq. meter site and intends to recycle ships, semi-submersibles, jack-ups, offshore production facilities and associated jackets.
- A.R.S. – established in 1971 to perform barge, boat, ship demolition and recycling in the U.S. market
- 2017 – M.A.R.S. executed a lease agreement in 2017 with the Port of Fredrikshavn to operate a purpose-built ship & offshore recycling facility
- November 2017 – environmental permit for facility awarded
- January 2018 – facility added to EU approved list of ship recycling facilities
- Q4 2019 – facility ready to work at full capacity
- ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 Certifications
At first glance, M.A.R.S. Fredrikshavn could easily be mistaken for a smoother version of the Moon – a vast grey expanse. On closer inspection, the yard’s 280,000 Sq. meters processing area is covered in crushed rock which forms the first layer of a drainage system able to move water to the yard’s two 2500 m³ filtration tanks. Located in the far north of Denmark, the yard has excellent North Sea access and is ice-free all year round.
The yard has the scale and equipment required to decommission several large ships and oil rigs at the same time and has been designed to process 200,000 tons of metal annually. Once processed, metal is stored and shipped to final recycling destinations.
- 2000 MT onshore mobile crane
- 650m dedicated quay front
- Water depth up to 14 meters along new bulkheads (prepared for 16 meter draft for future dredging works)
- 800 MT floating crane
- 90 m wide ship ramp
- 255m wide load-in/load-out
- 8400 m2 skidding area with 6 x WLL 200 MT bollards & 15 x WLL 100 MT bollards
The yard is obviously well positioned to serve the North Sea decommissioning market, but is keen to take large conventional ships also.