The absence of one international and uniformly applicable convention for ship recycling can make this a difficult field to navigate for operators, causing even reputational and financial damage.
Hong Kong Convention
The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting on 28th May 2020. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, such as seafarers repatriation, sustainable shipping, the Hong Kong Convention, and piracy.
The USCG issued a Marine Safety Information bulletin concerning the impact of the EU ship recycling regulation on US flagged ships, to boost owners/operators of affected vessels to take early action to comply with the regulation.
According to new data released by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 674 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrap yards in 2019. Of these vessels, 469 large tankers, bulkers, floating platforms, cargo and passenger ships were broken down on only three beaches in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. This number amounts to approximately 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled worldwide.
Norway’s national economic crime unit (Okokrim) has raided the local office of Bermuda-based shipping company Teekay Offshore this week on suspicion of illegally exporting waste from the shuttle tanker Navion Britannia, the agency informed. The company denies any wrongdoing.
The Government of India informed that the “Recycling of Ships” Bill has become an Act, with the government setting specific international standards and implementing a statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards.
ClassNK issued a Statement of Compliance (SoC) concerning a ship recycling facility in Chattogram, Bangladesh to confirm that the shipbreaking facility is compliant with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).
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.
The Indian Union Cabinet approved the proposal of entering to the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, being the 14th country to join the convention, following the most recent member, Germany.
Lately the shipping industry has shed its focus on the 2020 sulphur cap, however, other important regulatory updates are expected to become effective from January 1st as well; for instance in the area of ship recycling, the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is going to bring changes for which operators need to be aware of for compliance with the requirements of both Hong Kong Convention and EU-Ship Recycling Regulation.
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