During the last SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum, Gunther Zeitzmann, Ship Recycling Engineer and member of the International HazMat Association (IHMA), highlighted the importance of preparation, certification and maintenance of an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for compliance with the requirements of Hong Kong Convention and EU-Ship Recycling Regulation. He further referred to key steps for effective development of IHM and certification; the operations and maintenance of the IHM and the importance of control with flags, classes and PSC.
During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Mr. Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative, presented the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI). The intent of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative was launched in March 2018 and consists of members from the SSI and of others outside the SSI.
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.
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.
Mr. Henning Gramann, CEO at GSR Services, talks about an interesting project in which his team was involved with the aim to change the image of beaching in India substantially. In particular, Mr Gramann describes the process, from the beginning till the end, toward responsible ship recycling of the HMNZS Endeavour in Alang shipyard in compliance with Hong Kong Convention, EU-Ship Recycling Regulation and Basel Convention. As explained, proper planning and assistance by experts to develop all necessary documents (such as IHM Part I and II) are of outmost importance for conducting responsible recycling.
Seatrade sentence by a Dutch court in March, on the basis of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, sends a very clear message that any intentional violation of this regulation will no longer go overlooked, argued Ms. Alexandra Mikelis, Associate Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
Rohit Agarwal, Ship Recycling Expert at GSR Sentinels LLP, shares his view on the ship recycling industry at Alang. Mr. Agarwal says that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have the ideal tidal conditions for ship breaking. However, the ship recycling industry has been using unacceptable conditions. Nevertheless, this seems to be changing as the Hong Kong Convention sets standards to ensure safe ship recycling.
Recently a Rotterdam court found reefer operator Seatrade and two of its directors guilty for illegal demolition of vessels. In light of this development, Nick Shaw and Natalia Debowska, ReedSmith, are attempting to explain the international law regarding the demolition of end-of-life vessels and provide their recommendations.
Fotis Ploumitsakos, EPE, underlines the obligation for an IHM onboard all vessels with EU flags and those which visit EU ports according to the EU Ship recycling regulation 1257/2103. He refers to the practical parameters on the preparation of an IHM in order to be considered sufficient and also to the required qualifications and credentials for the HazMat Experts who are responsible to prepare it on behalf of ship operators.
Henning Gramann, IHMA, talks about best practices regarding the Inventory of Hazardous Materials. Mr. Gramann notes that the new legal requirements for Recycling of Ships have become a pressing issue for all ships, no matter if brand new or very old. A key requirement all for EU-registered and all EU-visiting ships above 500GT is to have a certified IHM onboard until end of 2020.
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