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59recyclinginternational.com | September/October | 2022
NEWCOMER LEVIATHAN JOINS THE RANKS OF CERTI-
FIED EU SHIPBREAKERS
Start-up Leviathan is working with German Naval Yards at Kiel to dem-
onstrate its sustainable ship recycling methods in order to be listed as
an EU approved site. The Maritime Executive reports that the first ves-
sel has arrived for dismantling which will be completed over the next
Leviathan relies on a cold cutting technology it has perfected over the last
ten years. The recycler says tests conducted indicate that this ‘clean’ meth-
od can reduce CO2 emissions during the dismantling process by a factor of
300. The German start-up says it is ready to handle ships on an industrial
The first ship it will take apart is the 56-year-old HC Hagemann 1, a nearly
40 metre construction vessel (147 dwt) which arrived at the Kiel yard in mid-
June. Cutting is underway and is scheduled to be completed by August.
Leviathan acknowledges EU rules require cutting to be done on a solid base
so that no haz-
reach the soil.
‘This project is an
stone and now
of the ESG-
cling process can
be verified in the
next weeks,’ says
ner at Leviathan.
DUTCH BATTERY RECYCLING ICON VAN
‘We will continue under our own brand name and I
remain active in the company for the time being,’
battery recycler Johan van Peperzeel tells
Recycling International following the announcement
that his company Van Peperzeel and Huiskes Metal
& Electronics Recycling are joining forces.
Both companies have leading positions in specific seg-
ments of the recycling industry and, as established
family businesses, claim to be ‘a perfect fit’.
Van Peperzeel has a strong position in the collection
of lead-acid and lithium batteries and is also the
national collection and sorting centre for batteries in
the Netherlands. The company has developed into a
knowledge centre for battery technology.
Huiskes has grown into a specialist in the field of col-
lecting, processing and recycling electronics and met-
als. Dirk and Koen Huiskes are the fourth generation
at the helm of the family business, based in Waalwijk
in the south of the country.
Van Peperzeel will continue to operate from its HQ in
Lelystad. Johan van Peperzeel will remain associated
with the company, it is stated, and will focus ‘even
more than now on the fast-growing development
within the battery market.’ Van Peperzeel adds: ‘I will
focus even more on the international market.’
The acquisition does not come as a complete surprise.
At the beginning of this year, Van Peperzeel told
Recycling International he was looking for investors to
realise further growth. It seems the merger with
Huiskes paves the way for giving serious shape to that
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