R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd. (RJMI) Certification for Safe and Environmental Ship Recycling

R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd. (RJMI) Certification


Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia: RJMI has become Canada's first ship recycling yard certified to meet international standards for environmental protection and worker safety.

The Antigonish, Nova Scotia-based company has been certified to comply with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.  The Hong Kong Convention (HKC) is overseen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations and is a major advancement in environmental and worker safety practices for the sector globally.

To gain the international certification, RJMI had to satisfy Lloyds Register that its environmental protection, workforce safety and emergency preparedness systems surpass the stringent conditions of the HKC that will come into effect in 2025.

“Our focus on continuous improvement in safety, environmental protection and efficiency is the reason we are getting these international certifications,”, says company president Boyd MacIsaac. “We are determined to remain the leading green marine ship recycler in Canada.”

RJMI has safely deconstructed assets including the Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Production Platform, and Canadian government vessels ranging from warships to ferries at its Sheet Harbour facilities.  It is currently disassembling and recycling the former CCGS Hudson at the Sheet Harbour Facility.  The firm has expertise in the safe deconstruction of abandoned ships that cannot be moved to a designated recycling yard for disassembly.

“Meeting ever-exacting international standards for safety, environmental protection and efficiency allows us to compete not just in Canada but abroad, said MacIsaac.  “Our reputation is our resume, and we intend to grow from our Nova Scotia base.”

About the company:

RJMI's modern ship recycling facility at the Port of Sheet Harbour operates under an Industrial Approval issued by the Province of Nova Scotia and approvals from the Government of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Our ship recycling facility is fully compliant with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and applies the principles of the European Union Ship Recycling Regulation 1257/2013. The Company is also Green Marine certified and has been selected by the Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada for the green ship recycling of their retired assets.

About the Hong Kong Convention:

Details on the requirement to be awarded can be found here.