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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


INTERTANKO was once again involved in the industry’s Working Group meeting on Ship Recycling, held earlier this week at the International Chamber of Shipping offices in London.

The group is at an advanced stage in developing a Code of Practice for operators sending a vessel for recycling. The Code, together with an inventory of hazardous substances, is seen as the first step by the shipping industry to tackle this problem and is welcomed by the legislators as well as the environmental pressure groups. Both the Code and the inventory are aimed at ensuring a transparency of information in order to increase the health and environmental standards in many of the breaking yards across the world.

In addition to this, the working group is now seen as a crucial player and link between the various regulating fora, from , IMO’s Correspondence Group on Ship Recycling, to the Basel committee on the transfer of toxic waste, to the European Commission’s own Correspondence Group on Regulation 259, which covers ship recycling. The working group has both been effective in communicating with these authorities and in consultations with environmental organisations such as Greenpeace, the owners of the breaking yards and also the nations which dominate the breaking industry.

Some further drafting work on the Code and the inventory is needed but the working group is keen to ensure that it plays a key role at the first Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting at the IMO next year, MEPC 46.