New agreement Ships are to be scrapped in a more environmentally friendly way

New agreement Ships are to be scrapped in a more environmentally friendly way

New agreement Ships are to be scrapped in a more environmentally friendly way

Disused ships should be scrapped in a more environmentally friendly and safer way an international agreement provides for this. now wants to ratify this convention from 2009, that is, to accede to it. The cabinet passed a corresponding bill on Wednesday.

The International Convention of Hong Kong provides for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. So far, many ships without environmental requirements have been and are being scrapped in Southeast Asia; this is to be contained by the convention. In addition, working conditions are to be improved. This is also a question of cost.

The Association of German Shipowners (VDR) welcomed the fact that Germany, as the home country of the fourth largest merchant fleet in the world, has now submitted the draft for a ratification law. “We need this international regulation, because shipping is a global industry,” said Ralf Nagel, executive board member at VDR. “Dozens of shipyards at the recycling sites in Southeast Asia have invested heavily in environmental protection and occupational safety in recent years in order to be able to meet the standards of the convention. Now it must finally become binding. “

So far, this is not the case with the Hong Kong Agreement. The prerequisite for this is the approval of a certain number of countries. In addition, the countries that have consented must have a certain share of the global total tonnage. These conditions have not yet been met. According to VDR, it is necessary for China and India to agree.
Large German shipping companies such as have been disposing of their disused cargo ships in an environmentally friendly manner at specialized scrapping yards for years.

The Green Bundestag member Claudia Müller said: “Now other countries have to follow suit, especially the big flag states. Finally, the entire life cycle of a ship has to be considered. It is to be expected that this will actually improve environmental and working conditions. ”The implementation of the convention is an opportunity for European shipyards to offer scrapping services.