15 July 2012

Taking Ship Recycling Convention forward:

Two classification societies combine their efforts to bring about early implementation of the Hong Kong ship recycling convention and help stake holders to comply with the regulations

ClassNK joined hands with Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) to bring into focus the Hong Kong convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships which was been adopted on 15th May 2009. In order to show the way forward ClassNK is conducting seminars for the benefit of all concerned stakeholders including ship owners, ship recyclers, brokers, ship managers, ship builders, etc., in order to prepare them for an easy transition to the new system when it comes into force since they would be expected to comply with various new regulations.

In the first such seminar held last week, ClassNK and IRS succeeded in bringing together one of the largest number of players associated with shipping and ship recycling on one platform. There were representatives not only from amongst ship builders, shipping companies, ship breakers including the world’s biggest ship breaking yard, Alang in Gujarat, on the West coast of India, but also from South Asia and Far East. With deliberations taking place in a congenial atmosphere, it was interesting to note that each presentation ended up with stimulating and lively discussion.

ClassNK representatives announced that it is cooperating with all concerned parties for necessary preparation to ensure smooth implementation. A. V. Pradhan, Regional Manager of India ClassNK informed about the development underway of software for suppliers which enables collection and storage of a huge amount of information necessary for maintaining the Inventory of hazardous materials (IHM). Also on the cards was the Prime Ship – Green / Ship Recycling Management which employs free web-based system for IHM management utilizing Cloud computing developed by IBM and ClassNK.

Henning Gramann, Managing Director of GSR Services, who is also a technical consultant for IMO on ship recycling, gave an in-depth account of ‘Global and European trends in ship recycling’. He pointed out that ship recycling is not only for old ships but it's from cradle to the grave. U.S. Kalghatgi, Chief Surveyor IRS provided details about the ‘Ship Recycling Convention - The road ahead for India’. Getting down to brass-tacks Rakesh Bhargava, Global Project Manager, Green Recycling Services of Wilhemsen Ship Management, gave details about the ‘Development of IHM for Existing Ships’.

From ClassNK office in Japan it was Masuaki Urata representing the Ship Recycling Team of ClassNK who explained ‘Development of IHM for New Ships’ and Takeshi Naruse, Practical R & D Promotion Division / Ship Recycling Team of ClassNK about the ‘Development of SRP / SRFP and Certification of ISO 30000’.

Dr Shyam R. Asolekar, a professor with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and member of the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, Mumbai, gave an update on the dramatic transformation that has taken place within a few years at the shipbreaking yard at Alang which now has been converted into an eco-friendly ship breaking yard and that IIT has been instrumental in achieving this phenomenon.

“90 per cent of the ships are dismantled at Alang,” said Dr Asolekar. “Last year the ships recycled numbered 415 which exceed 4 million GT. Most ship recycling yards the world over have not achieved the level of success that exists at Alang because they are not able to achieve total recycling of ships as is being done at Alang. Every part and every riveted portion is totally recycled at Alang, which is why customers keep coming back to them.”
In the discussions Pravin S. Nagarsheth President of Ship Recycling Industries Association (India) highlighted his views that once the ship has been decommissioned and passed by customs it ceases to be a ship and should be considered as cargo. Besides, the beaching method as followed at Alang was the preferred eco-friendly technique.

Source: By Joseph Fonseca. 18 June 2012

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