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April 8, 2019

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BIMCO, so as it is the list EU of yards authorized to the recycling of ships represents a mere protezionistica measure

Frew: "some months ago I have called one of these "yards of recycling" and not even they had still not begun to construct the yard"

To three months from the effectiveness of the regulations EU 1257 of 2013 on the recycling of the ships, than by 1° January is applied, today the international association of shipping the BIMCO has denounced that with this norm the European Union has simply introduced of the protezionistiche measures in the field of the dismantling and naval demolition. The accusation reaches according to a study on the list of the ship yards authorized from the EU to according to carry out activity of recycling of the ships of the European regulations that are commissioned by the shipowning association to the Marprof Environmental, list that is updated at the end last year by the EU commission and that now it includes 26 authorized plants(on 17 December 2018).

I sink of the BIMCO is decided: "the directory of the EU - he has asserted the general secretary and managing director of the association, Angus Frew - is difficult to take seriously. Some months ago - it has asserted - I have called one of these "yards of recycling" and not even they had still not begun to construct the yard".

The study commissioned from the BIMCO distinguishes between the plants that can be considered structures specialized in the recycling of the ships and ready to the activity and those which would not have to be considered such as, second how much evidences the analysis, "expect to us that a commercial system of recycling of ships is active and as a priority has the recycling of the market ships, as main function and as priority activity". Based on such analysis, solos nine yards - the study specifies without to specify of which plants features - show these requirement, while 17 them posseggono and would not have to be excluded from the list, included four who would have not to not even be considered active in when two yards they are not completed, one turn out insolvent and one is sold.

Of this analysis the BIMCO emphasizes in particular as of single the nine ship yards that could realistically carry out activity of recycling of ships, only three could dismantle ships of important dimensions, that is greater Panamax units or.

The study specific that of the 26 authorized yards, 13 are yards of naval repair or multifunctional yards that they lay by a lowland priority to the activity of recycling of the financed ships or are of norm for activity of dismantling of military ships, for special projects, of structures for dismantling offshore or for other specific projects and therefore with an activity that would return the recycling of commercial ships not economically profitable.

The BIMCO has denounced also the modalities of selection of the yards to include in the list of the EU. For the BIMCO, in fact, "apparently the ship yards of the European Union are admitted in the directory without to satisfy criteria uniform, while the extra yards EU, before being enclosed in the list, must be controlled on the base of precise criteria by inspectors of the EU commission. Up to now - it has observed the association - two Turkish yards and an American are included alone". Emphasizing that "the controls would have to examine and to reward the improvements obtained in topic of health, safety and safeguard of the atmosphere that are reached by plants in Asia", the BIMCO has evidenced that, "moreover, they would have to be lead also effective inspections in the yards of the EU".

"Today - it has still found the shipowning association - some Asian yards are still attending the authorization to two years from the presentation of the question, without some perspective of being enclosed in the list or indications because this can happen". "the BIMCO - Frew has explained - wants that the plants improve their environmental safety and their performances, but if for the structures that do not take part of the EU not are some possibility to enter in the directory, the regulations will continue not to reach this objective and will represent an action simply in order protect the market of the recycling of the ships of the EU".

Being associated to the formulated invitation two years ago from the association of the European shipowners DECOY so that the list of the plants authorized from the EU to carry out activity of recycling of the ships is opened to yards to out of the European Union that already satisfy the criteria established from the Convention of Hong Kong, norm approved of in center IMO on May 15, 2009(on May 15, 2009 and 13 January 2017), the BIMCO, wishing that this Convention takes effect in the short possible time, has emphasized the necessity that the politicians of the EU ahead recognize the completed steps from the European yards in the field of the naval demolition.

Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, that he is opened to the signature of the States from on September 1°, 2009 and that will take effect 24 months after ratifies it by at least 15 States that represent at least 40% of the world-wide fleet and whose ability to recycling of ships in the past decade represents at least 3% of the world-wide ability, currently sees eight contracting States for an ability to the fleet in terms of tons of tonnage pairs to 21.32% about of the world-wide total and for a annual ability to recycling of the ships in the past decade that turns out pairs to 1,66 million tsl, pairs to 0.60% of the world-wide total.


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