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France ratifies Ship Recycling Convention

According to International Maritime Organization (IMO), France became the third State to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships​, 2009 (following the Congo and Norway). The Convention is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and to the environment. The Hong Kong Convention intends to address all the issues around ship recycling, including the fact that ships sold for scrapping may contain environmentally hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and others. It also addresses concerns raised about the working and environmental conditions at many of the world's ship recycling locations. Upon entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention, ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, which will be specific to each ship. An appendix to the Convention provides a list of hazardous materials the installation or use of which is prohibited or restricted in shipyards, ship repair yards, and ships of Parties to the Convention. Ships will be required to have an initial survey to verify the inventory of ...

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France ratifies Ship Recycling Convention

The third member to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention According to International Maritime Organization (IMO), France became the third State to ratify the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships​, 2009 (following the Congo and Norway).The Convention is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and to the environment.The Hong Kong Convention intends to address all the issues around ship recycling, including the fact that ships sold for scrapping may contain environmentally hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and others. It also addresses concerns raised about the working and environmental conditions at many of the world's ship recycling locations.Upon entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention, ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, which will be specific to each ship. An appendix to the Convention provides a list of hazardous materials the installation or use of which is prohibited or restricted in shipyards, ship repair yards, and ships of Parties to the Convention. Ships will be required to have an ...

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ICS Questions France about CO2 Reporting Requirements for Ships

ICS has written to French govern to raise concerns about new CO2 emission disclosure requirement The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions, using a detailed methodology that has not been discussed internationally. ICS believes that the unilateral application by France of these new CO2 reporting requirements to foreign ships cuts across the principles of global regulatory uniformity and the primacy of IMO as the regulator of international shipping.The new and very detailed rules that have been added to the French Transport Code apply across all transport modes, although the Director General for Maritime Transport is responsible for their enforcement in the maritime sector.ICS has therefore suggested that the Director General for Maritime Transport should advise that these requirements will not be enforced on international shipping pending the outcome of discussions on the monitoring and reporting of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions currently taking place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee is now in the process of developing global regulations for the mandatory monitoring and ...

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France : Emission Disclosure Requirements Into Force

France Demands Carbon Footprint on Transport As part of France's objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ship operators are required as of 1October 2013 to disclose the quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during transport services. This new CO2 emission disclosure requirement applies to "any public or private persons organising or sellingtransport services for passengers, goods or moving purposes, carried out using one or several means of transport,departing from or travelling to a location in France, with the exception of transport services organised by public orprivate persons for their own behalf" - including ships transporting passengers or cargo to / from French ports.The requirement DOES NOT apply to ships:transiting Frenchwaters;making stops for refuelling or making other technical stops in France;and with no goods or passengersdeparting from or transporting to a location in France.More details regarding the new requirement can be found at Decree n 2011-1336 of 24 October 2011 on information on the quantity of carbondioxide emitted during transport servicesThe Gard P&I Club has issued news alert to inform operators with ships calling at French ports to immediately familiarise themselves with the new CO2disclosure requirements in force and, as the possible methods available for communicating the required informationare numerous, ...

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France ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

France is the 35th ILO Member State and the 13th EU member State to ratify this landmark Convention On 28 February 2013, the Government of France deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).France is the 35th ILO Member State and the 13th EU member State to ratify this landmark Convention, which sets out decent working and living conditions for seafarers while creating conditions of fair competition for shipowners.France has under its flag 212 vessels totalling 8.2 million gross tons. Shipping employs approximately 18,000 French seafarers while the maritime sector as a whole employs more people than the telecommunications sector, the aeronautical industry or the car industry. At the European level, the French maritime industry ranks first in construction of pleasure boats, second in civil shipbuilding and third in shipping lines. The ports of Marseilles and Le Havre are among the busiest in Europe. France is also home to the world's third largest container transport operator.In transmitting the instrument of ratification, Mr Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva, stated: "France, which has the world's second greatest maritime territory, has supported from the ...

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