Ship Recycling

Green Recycling

Like all Industries the Ship Recycling Industry has also generated its share of controversies. More specifically the controversies arose over the dangers involved in the work and the general working conditions workers were exposed to. Ships have, for a long time, been built containing many of what we now know to be hazardous materials, such as Asbestos, PCBS, and TBTs. As the dangers of these have come to light, they are no longer used in construction, however many ships still in use will contain the hazards which if disturbed could be deadly. The removal of these from ships would make the exposure to workers at dismantling yards greatly reduced. Media interest on the dangers faced by workers in these countries has increased greatly over recent years. It has also not gone unnoticed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This led the IMO to implement changes to the shipping industry that would benefit the workers of ship dismantling yards.

The IMO recognised that ship dismantling should not be discontinued as since most of a ship’s materials can be reused, this is a good form of recycling. Therefore they needed to focus on the current dangers and make the thought of becoming a more environmentally friendly ship recycling yard more appealing to the owners of the yards and ships. One of the most influential moves involved in this was the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009. The main aim of this was to lessen the dangers of ship dismantling. The convention turned the ‘green passport’ into an ‘inventory of hazardous materials’ as it is now better known as. Once the Hong Kong Convention is enforced all vessels, across the world, over the weight of 500GT will have to carry an inventory of hazardous materials (or green passport as it was previously known). The inventory will list all known hazardous materials and their locations on board the vessels, thereby ensuring the safety of crew and workers.

“An appendix to the Convention will provide a list of hazardous materials the installation or use of which is prohibited or restricted in shipyards, ship repair yards, and ships of Parties to the Convention. Ships will be required to have an initial survey to verify the inventory of hazardous materials, additional surveys during the life of the ship, and a final survey prior to recycling.” – International Maritime Organization.

Ship recyclers will also be required to detail the Ship Dismantling process to submit to the relevant authorities. The attached SHIP DISMANTLING PLAN is being used by all the Ship Breakers in Alang majority of whom have started to adopt to the Green Recycling Plan.

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