INTERTANKO speaks at Ship Conversion and Recycling Conference in Beijing

Single hull phase-out and its implications for conversion and recycling trends was the subject of INTERTANKO’s presentation at the Ship Care 2007 event in Beijing earlier this week.


INTERTANKO’s Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Tim Wilkins, illustrated the differing forces dictating the options for conversion and recycling, explaining that phase-out dates alone were not the only factor in determining recycling and conversion figures for the coming 5 – 10 years. Predicting future trends with regard to recycling and conversion required a full understanding of the tanker freight market, information on conversion options and the international application, or not, of the MARPOL, European Union (EU) and OPA phase-out requirements.


Wilkins spoke in a session alongside the Executive Secretary of the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA), Nick Granger, who predicted growth in the ship repair market in Europe and Asia based on the growing requirements for enhanced and increasingly regulated maintenance programmes confronting the shipping industry. Granger went further in predicting a situation in which repair facilities develop long-term maintenance contracts with ship managers to ensure a comprehensive and transparent maintenance programme.


While much of the event focused on repair and conversion, Wilkins chaired an afternoon session focused specifically on ship recycling. With presentations from the Basel Convention secretariat and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) on the future regulatory requirements facing the industry, this session sparked a great deal of discussion.


Much attention was focused on the delineation of responsibility between the ship owner and the recycling facility. Specific concerns were related to the development of the ship recycling plan and the detail of the hazardous materials inventory.


Henning Gramann of GL suggested that owners should begin developing hazardous materials inventories for their fleets sooner rather than later, explaining that over 40,000 ships would need to develop, and have certified, a hazardous materials inventory in the space of five years after the IMO Ship Recycling Convention enters into force. This would place a great deal of pressure on flag administrations and recognised organisations to the extent that it is likely that many ships may not be able to meet the deadline. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins