For the past six months, GMS’ green team has been conducting a number of voluntary training programmes at over 20 recycling sites in Alang.
GMS said that due to high demand, the green team has designed a ‘train the trainer’ programme in co-operation with the Indian Registry of Shipping (IRClass) in an effort to reach a larger audience.
This programme was held under the supervision of Dr Anand Hiremath, lead co-ordinator of the green team and the ‘responsible ship recycling programme’.
This was the first time that such a high calibre training programme has been held in the Indian recycling sector, as an increasing number of yards have been attaining the standards, as set out by the Hong Kong Convention, GMS claimed.
The first ‘train the trainer’ programme was conducted on 21st September at Sarvag Shipping Services, plot No 84D with a topic of ‘Working in a Confined Space’.
Safety officers were instructed on the potential hazards of confined spaces on board ship, the safe entry into confined spaces, emergency preparedness and generating a response plan, the importance of tank gas level measurements, the proper use of multi-detector gas meters, self-contained breathing apparatus, importance of work permits, etc.
The aim is to have 20 safety officers from 20 different recycling yards train more than 100 workers in each plot. As a result, the GMS training initiative is indirectly reaching out to over 2,000 workers in Alang, the company claimed.
GMS said that it hoped to conduct another series of safety programmes with safety officers from different recycling yards in the near future.
As for the current recycling market, the Indian sub-continent buyers resisted the firming prices last week and started to offer lower levels for vessels, GMS reported.
The average price was around $400 per ldt. While Bangladesh and Pakistan fundamentals remained much the same, the Indian rupee and local steel plate prices in Turkey weakened considerably last week.
Turkish ship prices fell below those of China, rendering the country in 5th place in market rankings, GMS said.
The holiday period this week is expected to keep the Chinese recycling market sluggish.
Elsewhere, brokers reported that the 1999-built Aframax ‘Silver Bridge’ had been taken by Indian interests for $430 per ldt.
Source: tanker operator. 06 October 2017