Germany is the latest newly-added member in IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. Mr. Reinhard Klingen, Director-General Waterways and Shipping in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim at IMO Headquarters, London, 16 July, to deposit the instrument of accession.
North P&I Club describes the new European Union regulations that mandate vessels flying the flag of an EU state can only be scrapped in approved ship-recycling facilities. Outside the EU, some countries have already signed the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, which apply 24 months after it is fully ratified.
A total of 193 ships were dismantled in the second quarter of 2019 and the 146 of these were sold to South Asian scrapping beaches, according to new figures released by NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Between April and June, the Platform recorded death of at least five workers in Chittagong.
The ship-recycling sector poses serious threats to people and the environment, as well. The sector has high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related illnesses wich occur mainly from hazardous materials onboard.
In the 5th version of European List of ship recycling facilities, the European Commission added eight new yards to the List. These include 7 European yards, namely 2 in Denmark and 5 in Norway, as well as 1 yard in Turkey. With the new update, the European List of ship recycling facilities currently contains a total of 34 yards.
Bunge became the first in its industry to join the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, an online platform which gathers information from shipowners on key disclosures regarding social and environmental measures. SRTI and its members aspire to tackle challenges in parts of the ship recycling industry, including pollution in the environment and occupational health and safety risks for workers.
The Asian Shipowners’ Association urged China and India to ratify the Hong Kong Convention on recycling. Namely, during its general meeting in Thailand on May 28, the association explained only by ratifying the Convention will an environmentally-sound recycling of ships take place worldwide.
It seems that lately the all-consuming, requirements of 2020 sulphur cap are somehow overshadowing those of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) which are crucial for ensuring green and sustainable shipping as well, in the ship recycling field though. IHM is one of the most important documents in planning the recycling process of a ship.
Two men lost their lives and five other workers suffered severe burn injuries, after an explosion onboard the crude oil tanker ‘Bunga Kelana 4’, at the Chittagong shipbreaking area, namely at Mahinur Ship Breaking yard, in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
As IMO informed, Malta became the latest country to accede to IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling, namely the Hong Kong Convention. H.E. Victor Camilleri, Permanent Representative of Malta to IMO deposited the instrument of accession. Twelve contracting States party to the Convention now represent more than 28.8% of world merchant shipping tonnage.
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