Japanese industry and government stakeholders have expressed support in certain ship recycling yards in Alang, India.
According to gCaptain, a 14-strong Japanese delegation recently visited Alang with the intention of assessing the quality of beach recycling yards in the region and to encourage India to meet the standards of the Hong Kong Convention.
The convention ensures that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any risks to human health, safety and the environment.
Akihiro Tamura, Director of Shipbuilding Policy at the Japan External Trade Organisation, said: “Of course we would like to support larger numbers of yards in the region, but naturally there is some constraint regarding budget and time.
“However, our ultimate wish and purpose in providing assistance to India is to encourage the Indian government to move towards accession to the Hong Kong Convention.
“We have a strategy that includes the Japanese government supporting Indian yards to upgrade and also for ClassNK to support these yards through consultancy services and ultimately certification.