New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday notified the directorate general of shipping as the National authority for recycling of ships, as it moves closer to aligning India with an international convention for safe recycling of ships.
As an apex body, DG Shipping is authorized to administer, supervise and monitor all activities relating to ship recycling in the country. The notification was issued under the section 3 of the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019.
DG Shipping will look after the sustainable development of the ship recycling industry, monitoring the compliance to environment-friendly norms and safety and health measures for the stakeholders working in the industry, a statement issued by the shipping ministry said.
It will also be the final authority for the various approvals required by the ship-recycling yard owners and state governments.
“DG Shipping is designated as India’s first-ever ‘National Authority on Ship Recycling’,” Shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a series of tweets on Thursday. “It will ensure compliance to global standards for safety, health of workers & environment-friendly ship recycling norms,” he added.
Under Ship Recycling Act, 2019, India has acceded to Hong Kong Convention for Ship Recycling under International Maritime Organization (IMO).
IMO adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships in 2009. The guidelines are aimed at ensuring that ships, being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and the environment.
India is the largest ship-breaking player in the world, recycling around 70 lakh gross tonnage every year, followed closely by Bangladesh that recycles 68 lakh gross tonnage. Pakistan and China are the third and fourth largest players, each recycling more than 30 lakh gross tonnage every year.
Around 800 vessels are sent for breaking every year around the world. India accounts for around 30% of that work, with an average 250 ships recycled majorly at centre in Alang.
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