The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has held its second roundtable with key industry stakeholders to discuss the challenges and barriers to achieving sustainable ship recycling, and how they can be overcome.
According to the organisation – a coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry – improving the health, safety and environmental standards associated with ship recycling is a key SSI work stream.
As part of this SSI recently launched Roadmap, which charts the key milestones which must be met to create a sustainable shipping industry by 2040.
Held under Chatham House rules, participants included members of the SSI, as well as representatives from regulatory bodies, ship owners, ship breaking and ship recycling companies, as well as NGOs, industry bodies and class societies; key stakeholders from across the value chain who are central to developing sustainable standards within ship recycling.
“Ship recycling is a critical part of the shipping lifecycle, but also one of the industry’s most contentious and complex issues, with diverse opinions on what should be done to improve its sustainability,” said Alastair Fischbacher, CEO, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative.
According to SSI, while the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC) is yet to be formally ratified, several yards in Alang, India, have received accreditation with the standards of the HKC, which is a positive step.
However, it added that this is a foundation to develop from, and significant progress needs to be made in further improving safe, environmentally and socially responsible ship recycling.
The SSI is looking to encourage and support sustainable ship recycling, which incorporates not only the requirements of the HKC but also social best practice, environmental compliance and health and safety standards which meet member and external scrutiny.
“We are hopeful that progress will be made, and that we can build on the momentum from 2015,” concluded Fischbacher.
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