28 September 2011

Safe, environmentally sound ship recycling stressed:

CHITTAGONG, Sept 25: The new IMO Convention on Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships is going to change some aspects in ship building, ship operations, repair, conversions and ship recycling practices.

The life-cycle approach has been identified as the most promising way to reach the goal of ship recycling and therefore it is forming the core of the new legally binding instrument of the IMO (International Maritime Organization).

Experts said this at a seminar on Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling at a hotel in the city today. The seminar was organized by Germanischer Lloyd Bangladesh Ltd, an internationally reputed certification company.

DG Shipping Commodore Zubair addressed the function as chief guest. AKM Masud Karim, MD of Germanischer Lloyd BD Ltd gave welcome address.

Dr Arun Kumar Dev of Newcastle University, UK presented keynote paper on Impacts and Challenges in Ship recycling: A way forward for sustainable growth and management. Two other papers were also presented in the seminar by Mr Koregave, head of GL System Certification Hub India and Mr Jens Rogge, Global Practice Ship Recycling, Hamburg.

Stakeholders from ship scrap yards, ship builders, ship owners and government officials including NGOs participated in the forum.

Commodore Zubair said that the GL is in the right track and Bangladesh government will extend its all-out support to the initiatives.

The speakers said that ship recycling has widely been recognized with growing concerns, not only environmentally wise, but also regarding occupational safety and health of workers in the industry.

They said the IMO Convention for the safety and environmentally sound recycling of ships aims to minimize the potential environmental, occupational safety and health risk related to ship recycling activities, taking into account the particular characteristics of world maritime transport and the need for securing the smooth decommissioning of ships that have reached the end of their operating lives.

The experts further said that ship recycling plan will be developed by the recycling facilities in consultation with the ship owners and will be soon required by the recycling state for approval and for issuance of the International Ready for Recycling Certificate (IRRC) by the flag state.

GL has the mission of safer, smarter and greener shipping and keeping in line with this mission GL has conducted this seminar in Chittagong to extend its support to the stake holders in taking concrete steps towards safer and greener ship recycling, organizers said.

Source: The Financial Express. 25 September 2011.

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