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Discussions over ship-recycling issue

The decade-long battle faces a crucial test next week The decade-long battle by the shipping industry to prevent rules on the international shipment of hazardous waste being applied to ships sold for scrap faces a crucial test next week.A diplomatic meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, is due to deliver its verdict on whether the process of dismantling ships is to be covered by a convention adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) or by a separate treaty originally designed for land-based industries.The meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal might find the IMO's Hong Kong convention on ship-recycling up to scratch or it might say it is faulty compared with Basel.The discussions in Cartagena are taking place against a backdrop of ship owners, hammered by over-capacity, dumping excess tonnage in recyclers' facilities in near-record amounts, with Capesize bulkers and VLCCs prominent among those going under the torch. Under the Basel system of licensing and approval, the likelihood is that the process of disposing surplus tonnage would be reined in by red tape, delaying any recovery.The IMO convention, still waiting to enter into force, was ...

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Ship-breaking yards should be closed in South Asia

They are not environmentally safe and economically beneficial Environmental Lawyers Association, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, has said that ship-breaking yards should be closed in South Asia, as these are not environmentally safe, economically beneficial and socially productive.Syeda Rizwana was speaking at a seminar on Environmental and social issues of ship-breaking industry organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute here on Thursday. Dr Aurangzaib Khan, Chief Environment, Planning Commission of Pakistan chaired the session.Syeda Rizwana said that although ship-breaking industry provides 25 per cent of iron core and livelihood to 18,000 workers, yet its environmental and social costs are unprecedented for Bangladesh. She revealed that coastal fishing in Chittagong is almost gone, 14 species of fish have become extinct, thousands of acres of mangrove forest are chopped off and the whole area have become chemically polluted with un-reparable damage to human health.She said that civil society organisations in Bangladesh successfully campaigned against ship-breaking yards. As a result, Supreme Court of Bangladesh in a landmark decision directed the Bangladesh government to introduce regulations and allow only those ships for breaking in Bangladesh, which are thoroughly cleaned by ship owners for all types of chemicals, pollutants, residues and contaminations. As cleaning of ships is extremely ...

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Scrapping growth could be good news

Scrapping can bring fleet growth down to an average 6.3% a year Braemar Seascope's demolition brokers are working extra hard this year, which may be good news for everyone.Dry cargo demand growth is running at strong levels due to the twin processes of industrialisation and urbanisation in emerging markets. Annual average demand growth between 2011 and 2015 is likely to match and may even exceed the annual 5.2% growth witnessed between 2004 and 2008 - the years of the superboom in dry cargo vessel earnings.However, the massive amount of vessel ordering during and after the boom has led to the currently depressed freight market for dry bulk carriers. Bulker fleet gross growth (i.e. counting new deliveries but not scrapping) is likely to be in the order of 12% a year until 2013 as we add more than 3,000 newbuildings to the circa 8,100 ships that existed at the end of 2010.But scrapping can make a difference in these markets. In order to bring net fleet growth (i.e. deliveries minus deletions) into line with demand growth expectations, every bulk carrier built before 1985 - nearly 1,500 ships - would have to be scrapped by the end of 2013. This would bring ...

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Guidelines for the Implementation of the Hong Kong International Convection for ship recycling

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Guidelines for the Implementation of the Hong Kong International Convection for the Safe and Enviromentally Sound Recycling of Ships as follows:This Note informs that MEPC of IMO at its 62nd session has adopted guidelines aiming to develop the inventory of hazardous materials present on board and the ship-specific ship recycling plan in accordance with Regulation 5 and 9 of the Convention respectively.1. In 2009, IMO adopted "The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009" ("HK Convention"), which aimed at ensuring that both new and existing ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.2. In July 2011, at its 62nd session, IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the following guidelines as required by the Hong Kong Convention:a. Resolution MEPC.196(62) -- "2011 Guidelines for the Development of the Ship Recycling Plan" ; andb. Resolution MEPC.197(62) -- "2011 Guidelines for the Development of theInventory of Hazardous Materials".3. The main purpose of these Guidelines is to provide with recommendations for ...

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EMSA issues report of its Workshop on Ship Recycling

Held in Lisbon on 27-28 June 2011 The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued the report of its Workshop on Ship Recycling, held in Lisbon on 27-28 June 2011.The workshop considered, among other things, interim measures prior to entry into force of the Hong Kong Convention and possible alternatives to the prohibition of exporting end-of-life ships to non-OECD countries.To view the report, click here.Source: EMSA

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Building a Union in Bangladesh

Workers are forced to tear apart container ships 12 hours a day, 7 days a week The USW and Workers Uniting are supporting efforts by workers in Bangladesh to build a free and independent union. As this video shows, the workers there are forced to tear apart huge container ships 12 hours a day, 7 days a week with no safety protections for just pennies.

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Panamax ship scrapping to hit record in 2011

This year, 46 panamax vessels have been scrapped Scrapping of panamax dry bulk vessels is on course to hit an all-time high this year as the sector faces growing pressure from a record number of new ships entering the fleet, ship broker SSY said.The outlook for dry bulk rates has been grim because ship supply has outpaced demand to ship commodities."So far this year we have seen 46 panamax vessels scrapped, which puts panamaxes easily on course for a record year overtaking the 53 which were scrapped in 2009," said Derek Langston, a senior director at SSY Consultancy and Research."These are vessels that we have seen arrive at the breakers and exiting the fleet. These do not include recent sales that we have been aware of in the last month. So that number is clearly set to grow," he told Reuters.SSY, one of the world's biggest ship brokers, said 7 panamaxes were scrapped in 2010. Panamaxes, which range between 60,000 to 99,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt), usually transport cargoes of coal or grains."As well as having record demolition activity, we also have record levels of new buildings and the panamax newbuildings are poised to overtake the 186 total we saw in ...

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Pakistan shipbreaking industry to melt 70 percent iron and steel requirements

95 percent of the old scrap is recycled and reused With the revival of work in Gaddani shipyard in Balochistan, the shipbreaking industry has been currently meeting 70 percent iron and steel requirements of the country, claims a report on Wednesday.With the increase in activity at the Gaddani shipyard, the number of people employed there has raised to 12,000, said Engineering Development Board reported (EDB) report quoting Pakistan Ship Breaking Association.The shipbreaking activity at Gaddani Shipyard has broken last 12 years recorded with more than 50 big ships being hammered currently, report added.It said that 95 percent of the old scrap is recycled and reused, adding that the shipyard industry meets country's demand for steel, steel-related products and non-ferrous products and machinery.Pakistan Steel Mills has not been working on its full capacity and cannot fulfill the country's requirements, so iron and steel obtained from the shipbreaking helps meet the demand, report said.Karachi Iron and Steel Merchants Association said that currently Gaddani shipbreaking is making most of the requirement of re-rolling mills. About 20 percent requirement is fulfilled by imports from Ukraine, Turkey and former Soviet countries and by Pakistan steel.But material supplied by shipbreakers is much cheaper than that sold ...

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Bangladesh Supreme Court intervenes in ship recycling decision

Review on July 28 Bangladesh's Supreme Court has recalled a lower court's ruling last week that allowed ship breaking yards to continue operating through October, and will conduct its own review of the case on Thursday, a senior industry official said.The lower court last week gave the $1.5 billion ship recycling industry an additional three months to meet tougher safety and environmental rules on importing old ships to dismantle for scrap."The Supreme Court has recalled the file from the High Court for review on July 28," Captain Salah Uddin, an adviser of the Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association, told Reuters on Tuesday."The government hopes the decision of the High Court will be upheld by the Supreme Court."Rights activists have urged the court to reinstate a year-long ban on the industry, saying its activities remained too dangerous for workers and too costly for the environment. The ban was lifted in March.The High Court lifted the ban after industry vowed to adopt strict rules to protect workers, such as an age limit of at least 18, training and proper safety gear, and cleansing of toxic material from ships prior to arrival.Bangladesh, the top ship recycling nation from 2004 through 2008, hopes to bring ...

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