20 September 2011

FG moves to establish ship recycling facility: Africa's first Ship recycling facility in Nigeria

IN continuation of her efforts to develop the shipbuilding sector of the Nigerian maritime industry, the Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has concluded arrangements with a Dutch firm to establish Africa's first Ship recycling facility in Nigeria.

' Director General of the Agency Mr. Temisan Omatseye made this disclosure during a presentation to NIMASA by representatives of the Southern African Shipyard (SAS) who were in the country to explore the possibility of establishing a Shipyard in Nigeria.
Omatseye stated that the exact location for the Ship recycling facility is the only challenge being sorted out by the Agency. While stating that construction work should commence by the fourth quarter of this year, the DG expressed optimism that the project will have a positive multiplier effect on the Nigerian maritime sector.

“Ship recycling offers a possibility to reuse significant parts and equipment of the ship. Steel can be recycled to produce new steel, reducing the energy required for processing by two-thirds. Copper cables and aluminum may also be recycled in similar ways. This way we reuse natural resources. With our vessel replacement programme on course, you will agree with me that establishing a ship recycling facility in Nigeria will avoid waste and create wealth for Nigerians,” he said.

The DG noted that international standards will be adopted in establishing the facility to avoid environmental hazards adding that adequate environmental impact assessment will be carried out before its final site is determined. Mr Omatseye also stated that NIMASA will adhere strictly to the provisions of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships which was adopted in May 2009.

This Convention is aimed at ensuring that 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.

The new Convention intends to address all the issues around ship recycling, including the fact that ships sold for scrapping may contain environmentally hazardous substances such as asbestos, heavy metals, hydrocarbons, ozone-depleting substances and others. 

Ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, which will be specific to each ship.
Ship recycling yards will be required to provide a "Ship Recycling Plan", to specify the manner in which each ship will be recycled, depending on its particulars and its inventory.

Source: National Daily Newspaper. 20 September 2011

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