IMO seeks agreement on Ship Recycling mandatory instrument

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­In preparation for the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 53) meeting next week, the IMO’s working group on ship recycling met for three days this week to advance the progress being made on both the Ship Recycling Guidelines and on a consideration of elements which could be made mandatory.

The working group focused on the latter when it met on Wednesday this week. Having agreed that a mandatory instrument would be worth considering further, the working group continued by identifying what could/should be included in such an instrument. At present, a basic three section instrument is envisaged. This would include requirements during the design and construction phase e.g. the Green Passport; those applying to the ship before delivery to a recycling yard e.g. the development of a recycling plan; those applying to the recycling yards including the licensing and subsequent approval of recycling yards.

The intention of the working group was subsequently to discuss later on in the week what precise form the instrument would take. For example, would it be an annex to MARPOL, or a stand-alone instrument?

Discussions were still underway late on in the week. Agreement on this however, will be reached by the committee during its meeting next week - a report of which will be included in Weekly NEWS 29.

Contact: Tim Wilkins