A record delegation of 50 ship recyclers, steel mill owners and cash buyers from India will descend on Singapore during March 4-5 for TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum.
Led by Nitin Kanakyia, Hon. Secretary of the Ship Recycling Industries Association (India), representatives of the leading Indian shipbreakers will draw attention to the benefits of recycling in India at a time when the future viability of beaching is being challenged.
Kanakyia commented, "Indian Ship Recycling Yards are committed to "Responsible Recycling". To show today's Alang and enthusiasm for improvement to the world's shipping community, SRIA is sending huge delegation to the Forum this year. We want to express our commitment and solidarity towards improvement."
The SRIA delegates will be joined by recyclers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and China during the two day event which alternates between Singapore and Dubai. Forum Director Jon Chaplin commented, ‘The Forum is unique in that it combines both the commercial and regulatory recycling communities resulting in very lively discussions about future and present practices.’
In a move designed to pile pressure on ship owners to recycle old vessels more responsibly, Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of environmental group The NGO Shipbreaking Platform will offer delegates a taste of new initiatives in the pipeline, with outspoken campaigner Jim Puckett, Executive Director of Basel Action Network (BAN) in support. European Commission policy officer, Emilien Gasc will present the European Regulation during a session dealing with how the regulation is impacting the industry as a whole.
‘This is a real chance for all sides to meet, engage and get to know the issues and each other better’ said Chaplin. ‘A full social networking programme of dinners and drinks receptions, where delegates can exchange views informally, has been organised by sponsors Class NK and WIRANA’ Chaplin added.
Rakesh (Billu) Khetan, CEO of cash buyer WIRANA and the event's Principal Sponsor commented "the TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum is always very robust and vibrant. While taking stock of the current situation it is always forward looking and drives all stakeholders towards a healthy exchange of views and making improvements. We are very happy to be supporting this event.”
The Forum concludes with a session designed to throw a spotlight on unwanted consequences of increasing competition between cash buyers and brokers entitled ‘The only way is Ethics’. A presentation from leading shipping lawyer and Holman Fenwick & Willan partner, Stephen Drury will be followed by a panel discussion comprising some of the best known broking and cash buying names in the industry.
The record level of support for the Forum includes a substantial training grant for eligible delegates offered by Singapore’s MPA / MCF plus commercial sponsorship from WIRANA, ClassNK, Lucion Marine, Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Al Salam Insurance, van de poel, and St Kitts & Nevis.
TradeWinds Events is the conference arm of leading shipping news provider TradeWinds. The events are designed to help move business forward through information exchange, stimulating fresh thinking and professional networking. The growing portfolio of events comprises lively, independent and interactive conferences, seminars and roundtables covering a wide range of maritime sectors, including ship building, ship recycling, marine insurance, maritime security, LNG as a marine fuel, offshore shipping and technology, and vessel chartering. Each conference agenda is carefully designed to tackle the most topical and often controversial subjects.
Source: my news desk. 17 February 2014