Ship recycling industry has long been known for unacceptable conditions of the workers and for causing pollution and irreversible damage to the local marine environment.
Workers working in most ship recycling facilities are exposed to hazardous substances and they work without proper protective equipment.
Recycling facilities having no containment equipment and facilities to deal with large spill and hazardous waste are a threat to marine environment and ecology of the area where the ships are dismantled.
Hazardous substances generated during ship recycling if discharged into the atmosphere including sea, land and air causes pollution and irreparable damage to the environment.
This is why it is very important to apply proportionate controls to ship recycling facilities.
The Hong Kong Convention 2009, adopted on 15 May 2009 under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, covers the operation of ship recycling facilities in a safe and environmentally sound manner, and the establishment of an appropriate enforcement mechanism for ship recycling.
The Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013’s purpose is to prevent, reduce, minimize and, to the extent practicable, eliminate accidents, injuries and other adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling activities ensuring, in particular, that hazardous waste from such ship recycling is subject to environmentally sound management.
The Regulation is also aimed to direct ships flying the flag of a Member State (and not) to ship recycling facilities that practice safe and environmentally sound methods of dismantling ships instead of directing them to substandard sites as is currently the practice.
The establishment of a European List of ship recycling facilities (‘the European List’) fulfilling the requirements set out in this Regulation contributes to those objectives as well as to better enforcement by facilitating the control of ships going for recycling by the Member State whose flag the ship is flying.
Audit Report is prepared according to criteria/requirements set out in the Hong Kong Convention 2009 and/or Regulation (EU) n. 1257/2013.
Certificate of Compliance, prepared if the final opinion included in the Audit Report is positive after the findings have been solved by the ship recycling facility and accepted by RINA.
The Certificate, where the expiry date is present, is renewable every five years and contains the written attestation that the ship recycling facility operates in compliance with the requirements set out in the Hong Kong Convention 2009 or in compliance with the requirements set out in the Regulation (EU) n. 1257/2013.
RINA is a member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.
RINA is recognised nationally and internationally, through its wealth of skills, as able to provide services aimed at improving the quality of life, safety and protection of the environment. It operates on behalf of over 110 flag Administrations in the EU zone and outside the EU zone, in accordance with the IMO provisions (International Maritime Organization).
RINA is accredited by ACCREDIA as body for the inspection of Type A for compliance with ISO/IEC 17020:2012.