ClassNK releases updates on HKC-compliant ship recycling facilities
Tokyo – ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the latest updates on ship recycling on its website. The updates include information on ship recycling facilities that ClassNK has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to so far in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).
Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, several ship recycling facilities have proactively improved their facilities and developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s verification according to the HKC in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling.
In response to the growing demand for verification, ClassNK reviewed HKC-compliant SRFPs prepared by ship recycling facilities from Japan, China and India and confirmed that their ship recycling processes follow their respective SRFPs. The leading classification society also conducted thorough on-site inspections before issuing Statements of Compliance (SoC) based purely on technical verifications of the facilities.
ClassNK has been invited to draw on its experience in verifying ship recycling facilities throughout the world to discuss better ship recycling practices at the ‘Ship Recycling Seminar: Towards sustainable ship recycling’ in London on 3 February. The event is organized by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in cooperation with the IMO Secretariat.
ClassNK will continue encouraging safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in accordance with the HKC through its issuance of SoC to facilities that meet the HKC standards.