22 January 2012

Formation of shipbreaking ship recycling board suggested in Bangladesh:

Naval architecture and marine engineering experts have suggested immediate formation of Ship Breaking Ship Recycling Board (SBSRB) to help flourish an environment-friendly shipbreaking and ship-recycling industry in the country, reports UNB.

They said the future board should have representation of a naval architect to ensure green shipbreaking and ship recycling industry in the country.

The naval experts came up with the recommendations at a seminar titled ‘Ship Breaking and Ship Recycling in Bangladesh and Compliance with International Regulations’ held at Buet Council Bhaban on Tuesday night.

Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) organised the seminar with departmental head Prof Dr M Rafikul Islam in the chair.

Industries Minister Dilip Barua attended the seminar as the chief guest. Buet Prof Dr K Shahriar Iqbal, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) expert Dr Nikos Mikelis and international environment expert Roy Watkinson presented 3 papers in it.

Norwegian Ambassador in Dhaka Ragna Birtc Lund, Buet vice chancellor Prof Dr SM Nazrul Islam and pro-vice-chancellor Prof Dr M Habibur Rahman took part in the discussion.

The experts laid emphasis on environment-friendly waste management in the shipbreaking yards as per Basel Convention directives.

They also suggested frequent inspection in the yards to help ensure workers safety, protect their health and protect environment.

Speaking at the seminar, Dilip Barua said the government is working to ensure an environment-friendly ship breaking and ship recycling industry in the country.

He said the government has already published the gazette of Ship Breaking and Ship Recycling Rules -2011.

Barua said the entrepreneurs must abide by the rules mandatory to ensure green ship breaking industry in the country. “The government will soon a formulate shipbuilding policy, too, and include a naval architecture in the SBSRB.”

Source: News Today. 19 January 2012

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