University of Strathclyde

Within Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA-ME) is delivering world-leading research outputs on topical maritime issues ranging from low carbon shipping to human factors. NA-ME strives to work closely with industry partners to create results that have a real and credible impact within the maritime domain.

NA-ME is assisting the SSI in the Closed Loop Materials Management workstream by providing knowledge and technical support on the practicalities of what happens to the materials used in a ships construction and operation at their end of life phase. This knowledge has been developed in part through NA-ME’s involvement in European Union funded research projects, where the potential impacts of ship recycling in relation to health, safety and the environment have been quantified in a scientific manner.

Stuart A. McKenna, from the University of Strathclyde, said,  “When I first heard that the SSI was focusing on materials management that addressed the whole life cycle of a ship, I was extremely pleased to see that prominent members of the shipping community were all finally coming together to ultimately address the ‘ship recycling’ issue which continues to cause huge social and environmental impacts.

“Through NA-ME’s cooperation with the members and knowledge partners of the SSI I hope we will in due course find a suitable solution to increase the transparency and accountability of materials used within a ship. This will in turn assist and facilitate the improvement of ship recycling practices.”

The University of Strathclyde was founded as a place of useful learning and this has continued to the present day where the University’s responsibility to research, teach and be of benefit to society is still very much the cornerstone of its ongoing success. In 2012 the University was awarded the coveted title of ‘UK University of the Year’ by the Times Higher Education Awards, reflecting Strathclyde’s status as a leading international technological university. You can read more at