2017 gives the pace: Recycle to Roll.
First, we had the EU list – with all the concerns it bore (see more at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ship-recycling-breaking-news-listing-thoughts-stefanos-i-magoulas-1) – but it is out for use.
Furthermore, in March, five EU-approved SR yards established the European Ship Recyclers group (ESR), joining hands for a more promising future. These yards are all EU-approved and are located all around. Port of Bordeaux (FR) and DDR (ES) represent Mediterranean, Galloo (BE) and Scheepssloperij (NE) are in the Northwest and Smedegarden (DEN) give the North Sea element.
Somedays ago, EMSA gave us another, very important guide on Inventory of Hazardous Materials, importance of which was also pointed very efficiently also by esteemed individuals of the sector (see http://www.green4sea.com/inventory-of-hazardous-materials-current-status-best-practice/).
Finally, two more countries, first Turkey and then Denmark, ratified Honk Kong Ship Recycling Convention. This brought following figures:
Countries having ratified HKC
States having ratified Status: 7/15
World Merchant Fleet Representation: 24.98/40%
States having ratified Shipping Tonnage: 258.91
These facts also hide some more aspects. Among the states having ratified HKC, one can find three EU-approved ship recyclers (France, Belgium, Denmark), one major recycler (Turkey), the most busy flag worldwide (Panama), an important host of oil rigs and platforms, with strict and precise environmental protection legislative frame (Norway) and the host of the most disapproved ship owner by NGOs aka MAERSK (Denmark).
To the above, add two hidden hints.
First, there is a lot of fuss around Oil rig & Platforms demolition. Within previous months, we had Transocean Winner led to Turkey – through an adventurous route – to die, at a Turkish yard, in Aliaga (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/02/where-oil-rigs-go-to-die) and Brent Delta led to Tees Road, Hartlepool, for final disposal, at ABLE UK (http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/world-s-heaviest-cargo-load-arrives-in-hartlepool-1-8523504). This could trigger the circle of offshore installations decom, a feast for ship recycling yards and waste management companies.
Secondly, Democratic’s People Republic of Korea ratifies IMO’s Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, which has already entered into force, bringing the total number of States to accede to the treaty to 35, according to IMO. Irrelevant, you could think. I disagree, I would say, simply asking one mere question: once you have it afloat, think where it should go.
But, all above are facts. The message is clear: make it right, don’t mess around.
Should a flag like China – which is also an important recycler – or Greece – which a major ship owner and a very eligible recycler (see https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ship-recycling-med-sea-scrapping-ships-building-stefanos-i-magoulas) – ratify HKC, things would be even clearer, from all aspects. Ship owners would undertake responsibility to make proper moves, when it comes to recycling of their ships. Business could pick up, in a more promising beat.
However, once again, these are just thoughts. 2017 is moving towards its second quarter, with ships being scrapped and developments, at all levels. Let’s hope that, in the end, we could all celebrate forecoming of the much anticipated 2018, which has been said that it will bring bullish messages for Maritime business.