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Top Ship Recycling Experts gather in Tokyo

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Noboru Ueda

Noboru Ueda

Tokyo – Top ship recycling experts from around the globe gathered in Tokyo on 10 December at the ClassNK Ship Recycling Seminar to discuss the latest updates to the EU Ship Recycling
Regulation (EU Regulation). Members from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the EU Directorate-General, and the International Chamber of Shipping
together with approximately 220 other maritime professionals and policy makers attended the event hosted by leading ship classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda).

Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Ota opened the event with a keynote speech discussing in detail the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention) and the EU Regulation which went into effect in December 2013.

Emilien Gasc, Policy Officer in the Directorate General for the Environment of the European
Commission, joined the seminar via video call to speak on the latest EU developments saying:
“Seminars like this are extremely important. At the core of the EU Regulation is the Hong Kong
Convention. At present, we have received roughly 40 comments surrounding the EU Regulation
Guidance document and we are in the process of considering each one carefully.”

International Chamber of Shipping Manager (Environment and Trade), John Stawpert delivered
his message stating: “To create safe and environmentally friendly ship recycling practices, it is
essential for shipowners and other stakeholders to take responsibility and fulfil their duties in
accordance with the Hong Kong Convention requirements to the best of their abilities. The EU
Regulation is largely based on the already internationally recognized Hong Kong Convention, but
follow-up guidance has the potential to differ significantly. Shipowners, cash buyers and ship
recyclers should work towards compliance and states must drive towards ratification of the Hong
Kong Convention.”

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