Deadline of EU Ship Recycling Regulations is approaching
New European regulations on ship recycling come into force at the end of the year, but many shipowners haven't complied yet.
The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EUsRR) specifies that all ships over 500 GRT calling at EU ports must have a Statement of Compliance (SoC) stating that they have a Hazardous Materials Inventory (IHM) on board.
Current competitive business conditions, aggravated by delays caused by the work-from-home situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, have meant that many are still doing the work required to comply. Current figures suggest that more than a third of the 20,000 ships that are supposed to have to comply with the regulation before 31 December 2020 have yet to launch.
Obtaining an IHM for a vessel requires that an specialist firm inspect the vessel for dangerous materials. There has emerged a "mini-industry" of individuals and independent, specialist firms providing IHM services.
Center Testing International, a ship recycling contractor, specializes in surveying and extracting asbestos from ships, as well as helping shipowners plan for IHM.
Throughout the years CTI has performed various ventures for many large shipowners including CMA CGM, Euronav, Maersk Line, Maersk Drilling, Pioneer Marine, and Stolt Tankers.
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