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Shipowners urge for HNS Convention ratification

During the European Shipping Week 2020, shipowners organised an event as part of their ratification campaign of the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS Convention).

Transboundary movements for recycling: A tale of two regimes

During the second SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Mrs. Ina Lutchmiah, Specialist Counsel (Solicitor, England & Wales), Wikborg Rein Singapore Pte Ltd opened the second panel by sharing key challenges with respect to the regulatory framework for transboundary movements for recycling. Touching upon the Hong Kong Convention and the Basel Convention, she moved forward by presenting compliance challenges and legal implications associated with transboundary movements for recycling originating from the EU and outside the EU.

Inventory of Hazardous Materials and its maintenance

During the second SAFETY4SEA Singapore Forum, Rakesh Bhargava, Director at Sea Sentinels, examined the ‘IHM and its Maintenance,’ underlining that the preparation of IHMs are crucial for green ship recycling. Mr. Bhargava stressed potential problems, considering the mounting pressures on shipowners, surveyors and the capacity of those tasked, emphasizing on the importance of the IHM for recyclers.

Ban on exporting hazardous waste to developing countries

It was on Thursday, December 5 when the Basel Ban Amendment, adopted by the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous and Their Disposal in 1995, became international law.

Rotterdam blending and filling operates on Maasvlakte

The newly launched Rotterdam Blending and Filling boosts is the first complex on Maasvlakte to have a filling station to repackage liquid cargo supplied by tanker or tank container into smaller units, such as in drums or in increasingly popular intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) of a thousand litres.

Canada launches Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act

Canada’s coastal and waterway communities are affected by wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels. Given that this problem affects the environment, the public health and safety, and local industries, – fishing and tourism – and that there’s a small part of irresponsible vessel owners, the Government’s Ocean Protection Plan takes action to mitigate irresponsible vessel owner behaviour. 

South Africa signs compensation regime for hazardous and noxious cargoes

South Africa has become the latest country to accede to a key compensation treaty covering the transport of hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) by ship. The treaty has now been ratified by five States (Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa and Turkey). The total quantity of contributing cargo has reached 9.8 million tonnes. 

The importance of Inventory of Hazardous Material for ship scrapping

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.

IHM and Sustainable Shipping: Key challenges

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.

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