Paris - Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore (BVS), the advisory arm of Bureau Veritas, is helping drive improvement in ship recycling standards. Speaking at a Bureau Veritas briefing during London International Shipping Week, BVS provided delegates with expert insight into the challenges of compliance with IHM (Inventory of Hazardous Materials) and ship recycling requirements, and the benefits of a progressive and transparent approach to meeting their obligations and supporting best practice.
“Ten years on from the Hong Kong Convention, we have undoubtedly seen improvements in standards at recycling yards across the world, even ahead of its entry in force,” said Bureau Veritas Solutions’s president, Paul Shrieve.
The Hong Kong Convention, adopted ten years ago - but not yet ratified, has changed the landscape for shipowners as well as shipyards. “The requirement for EU flagged newbuilds and, from 31 December 2020, existing vessels, to have an IHM and a Statement of Compliance raises considerable challenges for owners. These challenges are becoming pressing, with Port State Control already enforcing IHM and end-of-life requirements,” said Shrieve.