Following reports that Maersk had undergone criticism from an environmental group over the use of ship scrapping yards in Alang, India, which are seen to be negligent, Maersk has responded to this criticism by stating that some scrapping facilities had raised standards, according to The Loadstar.
Annette Stube, Head of Group Sustainability at Maersk, said: “Maersk group has had a responsible ship recycling policy since 2009 – and we have not lowered our standards or changed our policy following our engagement in Alang. Developments in recent years in Alang have seen a number of certified yards capable of recycling to our standards. In our view, it is essential to support this development – and we do that most effectively by bringing our ships to be recycled responsibly in Alang.
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Maersk’s response that it is maintaining industry standards is in line with recent reports that it was keen to get the shipping industry back on the COP21 agreement, after the industry was dropped.
PTI previously reported on the landing of the first two vessels, after its announcement that it will create more responsible recycling options in Alang.
More than half of ship breaking yards have shut in more than two years, which accounts for around 50 yards.
However, Maersk’s drive to be a green carrier has been noted amid previous news that it aims to cut emissions per container by 60% by 2020.
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Source: port technology. 10 Jun 2016