A record number of more than 200 breakers, brokers and buyers and service providers at the cutting edge of ship demolition descended on Singapore last week for the TradeWinds Ship Recycling Forum including the heads of the Indian, Bangladesh and Pakistan national recycling associations.
A packed afternoon workshop discussed improvements at the waterfront including the growing number of Alang shipbreakers certified as holding a Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong Convention. Health, safety and environmental standards in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, China and the USA were also discussed and debated by an expert panel including John Stawpert of ICS, Francesca Carlsson of NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Jim Heath of Lloyd’s Register, Henning Gramann of GSR Services, Nitin Kanakiya of Triveni Ship Breakers and Chetan Patel, owner of Shree Ram Group.
Differences were put aside for a few hours as participants enjoyed an evening with views over Marina Bay hosted by Dani Patel, Director of Dubai-based Al Salam Insurance and Junichi Hirata of Japan’s ClassNK.
Source: my news desk. 10 March 2017