IMO Circular on gas-freeing of ships destined for recycling

As reported in Weekly NEWS No. 29 of 22 July 2005, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) approved two circulars on ship recycling at its last meeting 18-22 July 2005 (MEPC 53). Both circulars have now been formally issued by the IMO. 

While both are significant in their intent, it is MEPC Circ.466 on “Gas-free for hot-work Certification” which has more relevance for INTERTANKO. In this case, the IMO urges the shipping industry to deliver ships destined for recycling with a gas-free for hot-work certificate. Furthermore, the circular reiterates the intent of the Guidelines as well as the development of a Ship Recycling Plan by the recycling facility in coordination with the ship owner, specifying the continued gas-free condition during the recycling process (see also Weekly NEWS No. 49/2004 dated 3 December 2004). 

In its second circular, MEPC Circ.467, flag states, recycling states and other stakeholders are urged to adhere to the Guidelines and facilitate their continued use by providing information on experiences with implementation. This has a two-fold purpose. Firstly to be able to assess the current uptake and effectiveness of the Guidelines, and secondly to provide a sound basis for practical input when the Committee undertakes the task of developing a mandatory instrument on ship recycling in the future. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins