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Green Ship Recycling:

ACE EXIM has been actively promoting Green Ship Recycling for past many years. Ship recycling has always been a very important part of the life cycle of ships. Ship recycling has undergone various changes in last 3 decades. The change is not only in the process and techniques of recycling but also in the outlook and vision of all the stakeholders involved in recycling. It is clearly realised that for long term sustainability of business, efforts have to be made for safe, healthy and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

Ship Owner's role

Once the operating life of the vessel is over, the onus lies with the owners to scrap their vessel at a responsible Ship Recycling Facility. In order to promote Green Recycling, the owners might have to forego a little on the price of their vessel but end up fulfilling their duty towards the society at large. The procedure is quite simple as the responsible recycling facilities have to be nominated by the owners and sub-contractors appointed for preparation of inventory of hazardous material (IHM) on board the vessel and monitoring of recycling operations.

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Cash Buyer's role

Cash buyers along with the ship brokers are the link between the owners and the recyclers. Cash buyers can help the owners in selection of the proper recycling yards. Cash buyers can get the inspections of yard arranged for the owners for the approval of recycling facility. They can also help the owner in ensuring that a proper balance is found between commercial and environmental considerations. Cash buyers on behalf of owners can also verify and ensure that all the processes of Green Recycling are followed by ship recycler. They can guarantee the performance of the ship recycling yard to whom they resell the vessel.

Ship Recycler's role

They are the most important link in this business. They are the people who mainly handle the vessel physically during the process of recycling. They have to upgrade their recycling facilities by investing time, energy and commitment of funds. Once the facilities are upgraded and ready, the facility has to be certified and approved by various ISO and Class Societies. The ship recyclers have to continuously engage in training and betterment of the facility. They have to have a get a Ship Recycling Facility Plan and Ship Recycling Plan approved by the sellers or their sub-contractors. Ship recyclers have to ensure that they follow all the rules and regulations laid down by the conventions and laws of the state. They have to ensure that the entire infrastructure is upgraded as per the international conventions and owners expectations. They also have to put in place a system where in practices of safe and environment friendly ship recycling becomes a norm rather than an exception.

ACE EXIM has been one of the pioneers in promoting Green Ship Recycling in India. There is continuous improvement in infrastructure by the yards as well as practices to achieve better results. The green yards have ISO Certificates for ISO 9001, ISO 14000, ISO 18000 and ISO 30000 from IACS Classification agencies. They also have Statement Of Compliance (SOC) confirming to Hongkong International Convention - 2009 (HKC) for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling issued by various agencies like ClassNK, RINA, IRClass etc. We also encourage third party inspection agencies to contact us to arrange audit of such Green Ship Recycling Yards.

The planning and designing of yards has taken place in such a way that it reduces and minimises the pollution and contamination that is usually associated with green ship recycling. The main focus can be summarised as below:

1. Environment

The cutting of ships is done on impermeable concreted floors. There is separate area for oily and non oily blocks. All the oily blocks are cleaned and their oily bilge water is collected in tanks and disposed off as per norms. Proper care is taken during cutting of the vessels that no contamination takes place either in sea, inter tidal zone or main yard.

2. Health , Safety & Training.

Periodic health check-up is done for the workforce involved in Ship Recycling. All proper personal protective equipment is provided for safe working. Continuous training is given to workers to create more awareness regarding safe practices. Workshops and mock drills related to first aid, fire fighting, emergency preparedness etc are conducted regularly so that workers can react swiftly and wisely in case of actual emergency. All the machinery like cranes, winches and their allied tools are checked and certified d periodically. Specialised training for each department is given to avoid any mishaps during recycling.

3. Hazardous waste management.

Inventory of hazardous material (IHM) is prepared based on the IHM from the ship owners or prepared by the experts at the recycling facility. A proper recycling plan is devised that outlines how to remove oil, asbestos, bilge water etc. from the ship. The hazardous waste is identified on the basis of the IHM and the Ship Specific Recycling Plan is followed. The waste collected is stored in special waste collection areas and then send to government authorised waste handling site for disposal.

ACE EXIM is associated with many such HKC SOC approved Green Ship Recycling Yards in India for many years and works closely and shares a symbiotic relationship with such yards.

  • Detailed documentation of Ship Dismantling procedure followed by Ship Breaker to be accounted for every ship
  • Disposal of hazardous materials like asbestos, TBT’S, PCB’S by the right agencies in the right way. One such organisation, set up by Gujarat Maritime Board, Alang, India is Gujarat Enviro Protection & Infrastructure Limited (GEPIL). Set up in 2005, this organisation maintains a site of 7 hectares to collect, transport, receive, store, process, dispose off by land fill or other required treatments, the hazardous wastes of yards in Alang. Maintenance of Inventory of Hazardous Materials (earlier known as Green Passport) where all the hazardous materials and their location on board is listed.

IMO recognised that ship dismantling should not discontinued as everything from a dismantled ship is put to productive re use. Ship Recycling helps remove large obsolete tonnage, which would otherwise require big finances to be maintained without use. Green Recycling is being encouraged in all the Ship Recycling Countries. While in Alang most of the yards have been certified ISO 9001, 14001, 180001 and 30000, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China are soon catching up.

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