Normally, when a ship is recycled in an environmentally friendly way, the workers conducting the job must wear protective clothing, helmets and safety glasses. They should also use oxy-fuel torches to cut through the thick steal piece by piece down to the keel area of the ship. Nevertheless, ships are often disassembled on beaches by people who such clothing or take any other safety measures, Hapag Lloyd notes.
The Bangladeshi Department of Environment (DoE) has fined a Chittagong-based shipbreaking company, after it was found illegally dismantling a grounded vessel on the beach in Chittagong. The company proceeded with the dismantling without a permit, causing marine pollution in an area which is not designated for shipbreaking.
Pakistan has approved the establishment of a ship-breaking yard in Gwadar, local media report. Namely, a policy board will decide about the land allocation and the completion of the ship-breaking yard, which would provide many employment opportunities.
Greece hauls the remains of cargo ships through the water, listing to one side with a rusting hull exposed in and near the Gulf of Elefsina, an industrial area of shipyards and factories near Greece’s major port of Piraeus. Now Greek authorities have begun to remove the ships, some of which have been there for decades, saying they are both an environmental hazard and a danger to modern shipping.
Rohit Agarwal, Partner at GSR Sentinels LLP, provides his opinion on EU’s regulation for ship recycling (EU SRR). Mr. Agarwal believes that there will be no European VLCCs or large ocean going ship that will be scrapped in Europe in 2019. This will come despite EU efforts to make European shipowners recycle their vessels in the continent.
The European Commission published its 4th version of European List of ship recycling facilities, including six new yards. In these we find the first yards outside the EU which were approved. Namely, 2 are in Turkey and 1 is in the US. ECSA welcomed the decision, but said that more work is on the table.
The second phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched at a meeting of stakeholders in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 November. The 19-month project, funded under a US$1.1 million agreement with Norway, will focus on legal and institutional analysis of ship recycling in the country.
The industry and the non-profit the Sustainable Shipping Initiative announced the launch of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform for sharing information on ship recycling. The platform comes nine months after key shipping industry actors, first announced their effort to make responsible ship recycling the norm.
The European Commission published its 4th version of European List of ship recycling facilities, which includes six new yards. In these we find the first yards outside the EU which were approved. Namely, 2 are in Turkey and 1 is in the US.
After Greenpeace allowed the Rongdhonu, formerly the Rainbow Warrior (II), to be scrapped on a beaching yard in Bangladesh, it stated that this was a mistake. This is because the scrapping operation was against the standards that the organization stands for.
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