11 August 2016

Indian Ministry invites comments on Shipbreaking Code changes

Allowing ports to define the location and permitting breaking of larger passenger liners are among the proposals being considered for modifying the Shipbreaking Code, 2013.

The proposals are based on the practical experience of the users and suggestions received from different stakeholders — ship-breaking industry, State maritime boards/port authorities and other regulatory agencies, an official statement said.

It also defines different ministries and various bodies from which prior approval is required.

“All ship-breaking yards must ensure proper physical security, which should include boundary wall, deployment of armed guards/force, strict access control and checking of any material being taken out from the ship breaking yard and barring the entry of any contraband/radioactive element into the hinterland and regular security audits by the government agencies,” the proposed draft amendment said.

On safety, the proposal has added Central Pollution Control Board guidelines, as may apply, and also disposal of hazardous waste as per Hazardous Waste Rules, 2008 and radioactive waste as per Atomic Energy (Safe Disposal of Radioactive Wastes) Rules, 1987, wherever applicable.

The Shipping Ministry has invited comments on the same by June 30, said a release. A copy of the Code, indicating the proposed changes has been uploaded on the website of the ministry.

Source: the hindu business line. 17 June 2016

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