During Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA)’s 31st Annual General Meeting, which was held online on 19 May 2022, many topic industry’s issues were discussed and participants confirmed that actions have been taken, moving towards greener shipping. Considering the projected sharp increase in demand for ship recycling after 2023, because of the accelerated replacement of existing vessels by eco-friendly alternatives, ASA reaffirmed the need for early entry into force of the HKC as well as for the urgent expansion of Green Yards in multiple countries.
n particular, China and Bangladesh have been holding the key to the entry into force of the HKC, and thus ASA continues motivating both countries to ratify the Convention. To assist Bangladesh’s intention to ratify the HKC by 2023, ASA reaffirmed that support should be given by governments of other countries as well as through encouragement from ASA members’ usage of HKC SOC (Statements of Compliance) yards and those aiming to acquire certification.
ASA commits its best efforts towards achieving the entry into force of HKC in recognising that the year 2022 will be a crucial year.
During the annual meeting, ASA expressed its serious concern over the Suez Canal’s toll and surcharge increases without sufficient prior notices and reasonable explanations, this year. ASA also noted with serious concern over the new toll system proposals by the Panama Canal Authority.
”Bearing in mind that those two great canals are playing an indispensable role in underpinning the global supply chain together with the shipping industry, ASA urges that the voices of canal users and all stakeholders, that reiterated the importance of stability, transparency and predictability of pricing policies, should be heard.”
Furthermore, ASA continues to express its strong support for IMO Maritime Research Fund (IMRF) and IMO Maritime Research & Development Board (IMRB), which will guarantee funding for the R&D necessary to accelerate the development of zero emission ships.