In the 5th version of European List of ship recycling facilities, the European Commission added eight new yards to the List. These include 7 European yards, namely 2 in Denmark and 5 in Norway, as well as 1 yard in Turkey. With the new update, the European List of ship recycling facilities currently contains a total of 34 yards.
Bunge became the first in its industry to join the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, an online platform which gathers information from shipowners on key disclosures regarding social and environmental measures. SRTI and its members aspire to tackle challenges in parts of the ship recycling industry, including pollution in the environment and occupational health and safety risks for workers.
The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative launched its first report in Hong Kong, revealing that there is a growing movement stepping up the pressure on shipowners to disclose their approaches to ship recycling. The outcome was reached from data collected through a disclosure questionnaire circulated among shipowners.
The Government of Canada via its ‘Ocean Protection Plan’ is acting to prevent its eco-marine environment from being affected as wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels, including small boats, pose environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and are a concern for coastal and inland water communities across Canada via yesterday’s passage of Bill C-64: the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act.
When it comes to ship recycling, transparency is the top priority, SSI argues; in this regard, it is important shipowners to share information on their ship recycling policies and practices, allowing their data to tell their story. Responsible ship recycling is an important part of being a responsible industry, SSI concludes.
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.
The second phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been launched at a meeting of stakeholders in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 November. The 19-month project, funded under a US$1.1 million agreement with Norway, will focus on legal and institutional analysis of ship recycling in the country.
Mr. Henning Gramann, CEO at GSR Services GmbH, talks about latest developments concerning ship breaking, highlighting that proper planning and assistance by experts is required for the preparation of an Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM), as required by HKC and EU-SRR.
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.
The legal requirements for sustainable ship recycling have become a pressing issue for all ships, no matter if they are brand new or very old.
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