16 September 2011

Ship recycling policy by Oct: Barua

Industries Minister Dilip Barua on Saturday said a policy for shipbreaking and ship recycling industries will be finalised by next month this year.

He said the policy will focus on developing shipbreaking and shiprecycling industries which will be environment-friendly and socially responsible.

Experiences of neighbouring countries including China in these industries are being taken into account to formulate a policy, the Minister added.

Dilip Barua was speaking as chief guest at a seminar entitled ‘Ship Recycling: Bangladesh Perspective’ at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) auditorium in the city.

Ananda Shipyard Ltd and Naval Architect and Marine Engineering Department of the university jointly organised the function.

Chairman of Ananda Shipyard Dr Abdullahil Bari presented a keynote paper at the seminar chaired by M Masud Karim, Chairman of Naval Architect and Marine Engineering Department.

BUET Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr SM Nazrul Islam, Pro-VC Dr M Habibur Rahman, Head of Chemical Engineering Department Prof Dr M Sadikul Bari also spoke on the occasion.

Industries Minister said: “The government is committed to establish an environment-friendly and science-based ship recycling industry. And it has been declared a priority sector in the Industrial Policy 2010.”

Country’s population will be turned into human resources through developing tech-based ship building, breaking and recycling industries, he mentioned.

The other speakers urged the government to set up a prior cleaning infrastructure to ensure eco-friendly industry.

Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and China are involved with breaking 80 percent of old ships which already cast a negative impact on environment, bio-diversity and workers’ health, they said

The suggested using developed technology to avoid these hazards.

Around 50 percent of domestic demands for iron which amounts to 1.5 million are met from the ship breaking industry, experts claimed focusing on the industry’s importance for the country.

The annual demand of iron in Bangladesh is 2.5 million.

Experts also put stress on training work forces and strengthening regional cooperation for setting up a green ship breaking industry.

Source: The Daily Sun. 16 September 2011

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