Croatia became the latest country to accede to Hong Kong Convention, the IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling. Now, the 16 contracting states to the Convention represent approximately 29.58% of the gross tonnage of the world’s merchant shipping.
UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency issued a marine notice to inform owners, ship operators and managers about the latest updates on approved ship recycling facilities.
Two workers have lost their lives at two separate Turkish ship recycling yards in the last four months, data provided by NGO Shipbreaking Platform suggests. Both yards are included in the EU List of approved ship recycling facilities, so the Platform called on EU to investigate both.
Standard Club reminds that UK flag ships of 500GT and over are advised that from 1 January 2021, the UK Ship Recycling Regulation (UK-SRR) retains the requirements of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation 1257/2013 (EU-SRR) in UK domestic legislation.
The ship recycling capacity of India is expected to be doubled by 2024, with India trying to bring more ships from Europe and Japan. Following the announcement of the Indian Union Budget by the Indian Finance Minister, Mr Rohit Agarwal, Managing Partner at GUIDESHIP CONSULTING SERVICES LLP, explains what this means for the Indian ship recycling sector. The budget is good on intent, Mr Agarwal says, however the key is an efficient execution in a time-bound manner.
According to Indian media, the Indian Finance Minister reported that the ship recycling capacity of the country will be doubled by 2024, with India trying to bring more ships from Europe and Japan.
According to the new data published by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, 630 ocean-going commercial ships and offshore units were sold to the scrap yards in 2020, out of which 446 large tankers, bulkers, floating platforms, cargo- and passenger ships were broken down on three beaches in South Asia, amounting to near 90% of the gross tonnage dismantled globally.
The wrecked Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad will be scrapped in Norway, two years after its collision with a tanker off Sture Terminal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shuttered shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh, delaying safety reforms in one of the world’s most popular ship dismantling destinations which has been scrutinized several times over its dangerous and dirty practices.
While the EU list of approved active recycling yards has increased, the rules still don’t reflect commercial realities and lags behind on capacity to scrap large commercial ships, BIMCO said.
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