delivered by Khalid Mahmood, DNV-GL
Khalid is an environmental engineer and chemist who use to work
for TUV SUD.
The Hong Kong convention of 2009 came in to force to change the way in which ships were dismantled particularly on the Asian subcontinent. Processes were highly dangerous and environmentally unsound.
The EU did not wait for the Hong Kong convention but developed its own requirements on member states to recycle appropriately :
DNV-GL operate an advisory service producing an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM). This is not about the ship's structure but about - asbestos, ozone depleting substances, radioactive materials, PCBs, heavy metals.
All new EU ships must carry an IHM and all ships coming to EU ports after 2020 must carry IHM.
Also all ships flying an EU flag must be scrapped within EU yards or have government approval to scrap elsewhere after stringent port checks.
These IHM are of interest to Banks, Insurers, Brokers and owners - they can assist in valuing vessels as well as ensuring contents and components are known prior to resale or end of life.
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