GL bolsters green ship recycling in Asia

03 May 2011
Newly trained specialists (from left to right): (in front) Ming-Kao Li, ship recycling expert; Allan Xia, ship recycling expert; and their trainers: Christian Franke, ship recycling expert; Gerhard Aulbert, global head of practice ship recycling; Oliver Darley, vice president systems certification; Gunther Zeitzmann, ship recycling expert

Newly trained specialists (from left to right): (in front) Ming-Kao Li, ship recycling expert; Allan Xia, ship recycling expert; and their trainers: Christian Franke, ship recycling expert; Gerhard Aulbert, global head of practice ship recycling; Oliver Darley, vice president systems certification; Gunther Zeitzmann, ship recycling expert

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) says it has recently intensified its efforts to help yards, owners, suppliers and recycling facilities in Asia to comply with the forthcoming Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling.

Two trained GL ship recycling experts are now stationed in China and Singapore respectively, hoping to offer a full range of services including certification, consultancy and tailored training. The International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention), as assumed to take effect in 2015, will impact upon all new and existing vessels above 500gt worldwide by a certified ‘Inventory of Hazardous Materials’ (IHM) onboard.

In terms of ship scrapping, the Hong Kong Convention creates a new obligation for ship owners to sell their redundant ships only to recycling facilities that meet relevant standards and have been authorised by the national competent authorities. In Asia, the Ship Recycling Committee has recently encouraged major ship recycling countries to ratify the Hong Kong Convention.

GL has been participating in the development process of the Hong Kong Convention and relevant guidelines by offering its solutions and expertise, which GL claims has won it a front runner status in driving the IHM and ship recycling issues.

"Asia is not only a hub of global shipbuilding industry but also a centre for ship recycling with actually over 90% of ex-service vessels worldwide dismantled in such countries as India, China, Bangladesh and Pakistan. That is why we will build up our service capability by assigning two technical experts to manage GL's IHM and ship recycling projects in this region," said Gerhard Aulbert, GL global practice ship recycling.

"It is very likely for the Chinese shipbuilding community to adopt the Hong Kong Convention as a standard much earlier given that China is one of the most reputable, competitive and experienced shipbuilding nations and many European ship owners are keen to order new vessels from shipyards in line with the latest international standards,'' said Aulbert.

GL says it offers a comprehensive approach to help the maritime community address this regulatory challenge. It encompasses certification of IHM for newbuilding and fleet in service, support of its clients in their activities related to IHM and ship recycling, tailored consultancy and training to ship owners, ship yards and authorities involved in this business. These two ship recycling experts will be responsible for delivering quite some of these services to GL's clients in Asia.

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