At the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit last October, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative sat down with industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities in shipping, explains Mr. Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, SSI and Nicole Rencoret, Head of Communications and Development, SSI.
EU Regulation on Ship Recycling
The Dutch court has imposed a fine of 780.000 EUR to the Dutch ship owner Holland Maas Scheepvaart Beheer II BV for having beached a ship for scrapping in India. The company also paid a settlement of 2.2 million EUR, totaling to a price tag of almost 3 million EUR.
2019 kicked off with the data collection on fuel oil consumption, alternative mechanisms to comply with the 2020 Sulphur cap, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, the IMSBC Code 2017 amendment as well as amendments designating North Sea and Baltic Sea as ECAs. With many more regulations and developments still yet to come, nations from all across the globe, ship operators and crew are going through a key period because of ten major issues that will have significant impact over the next ten years in the shipping industry.
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.
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 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.
Mr. Henning Gramann, CEO at GSR Services GmbH, talks about latest developments concerning ship breaking, highlighting that proper planning and assistance by experts is required for the preparation of an Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM), as required by HKC and EU-SRR.
Although the industry wants low-cost shipbreaking yards to be added to the EU approved facilities to meet demand from vessels bound by the bloc’s ship recycling law, a new report by NGOs Shipbreaking Platform and T&E shows the current EU list can accommodate the EU-flagged ships scrapped every year.
The International Ship Recycling Association (ISRA) argued that the EU recycling capacity will possibly cope with the expected demand of end of life EU flagged ships, as the current listed EU capacity to recycle ships amounts only about 1,3 million LDT.
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