Ship Recycling Convention (the Hong Kong Convention)

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What is the Ship Recycling Convention?

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Ship Recycling Convention or the Hong Kong Convention) was adopted in May 2009. After the entry into force of the Convention, the development and maintenance of an Inventory of Hazardous Materials, which identifies the amount and location of hazardous materials onboard a ship, will be required for all ships over 500GT. Furthermore, ships shall only be recycled at ship recycling facilities authorized by the competent authority. The Convention will enter into force 24 months after the date on which the following conditions are met:

1. Ratification by 15 States,
2. Representation by 40 per cent of world merchant shipping by gross tonnage, and
3. A maximum annual ship recycling volume not less than 3 per cent of the combined tonnage of the ratifying States

As of December 2015, Norway, Congo and France have acceded to the Convention. Furthermore, the European Regulation on Ship Recycling entered into force at the end of 2013. It may promote ratification of the Convention, especially in Europe.

What is the Inventory of Hazardous Materials?

The Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) is a list of hazardous materials, waste and stores in a ship. It identifies their location and approximate quantities onboard the ship. As shown in the table below, Part I of the IHM is developed at the design and construction stage, and Part II and Part III are developed before a ship is recycled. However, Part I of the IHM for existing ships, whose building contracts have been placed before the entry into force of the Convention, is developed not later than 5 years after the entry into force of the Convention. The information provided by the IHM is utilized by ship recycling facilities in order to protect human health and safety and prevent environmental pollution.

Composition of the IHM

  Part I Part II Part III
Materials contained in ship structure or equipment Operationally generated waste Stores
Time of Development At delivery *Existing ships: not later than 5 years after the entry into force Before recycling
Items to be listed in the IHM

Table A: Prohibited and/or restricted materials (Asbestos, PCBs, Ozon depleting substances, Anti-fouling compounds and systems)

Table B: Hazardous materials (Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Mercury, etc.)

*Existing ships: as far as practicable

Table C: Potentially hazardous items

(Garbage, cargo residues, etc.)

Table C: Potentially hazardous items (Stores)

Table D: Regular consumable goods potentially containing Hazardous Materials
(Domestic and accommodation appliances)

ClassNK’s Activity for Ship Recycling

ClassNK provides the following solutions so that stakeholders including shipowners, shipbuilders and suppliers can smoothly implement the requirements of the Convention after its entry into force.

Development of the IHM for Existing Ships

The Hong Kong Convention applies to existing ships as well as new ships. According to the IMO Guidelines, shipowners may draw upon “expert assistance” for the development of Part I of the IHM for existing ships. A subsidiary of ClassNK, “ClassNK Consulting Service,” provides services to develop the IHM for existing ships as an “expert” to meet requests from shipowners.
ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd .

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Development of the IHM for new ships

Shipbuilders should develop the IHM for new ships in accordance with the format stipulated in the IMO Guidelines and based on the information obtained from the Material Declaration (MD) and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) submitted by suppliers. In order to develop the IHM for new ships, shipbuilders and suppliers have to exchange and store a huge number of paper documents. It may be a serious burden for shipbuilders and suppliers. ClassNK developed “PrimeShip-GREEN/SRM” to facilitate IHM development utilizing a Cloud Computing System in cooperation with IBM. After registration to the system via Internet, the people who engaged in the development of the IHM, including shipbuilders and suppliers, are able to perform all necessary work for IHM development on the system website. For registration to “PrimeShip-GREEN/SRM,” please access the following URL, click “Register Organization” on the login page and input the necessary information.

PrimeShip-GREEN/SRM URL: https://www.psgreensrm.com/

ClassNK provides following formats and documents. Please download and use them freely.

(J)MD Format /(J)SDoC Format Format of MD and SDoC (Japanese, Microsoft EXCEL)
(E)MD Format /(E)SDoC Format Format of MD and SDoC (English, Microsoft EXCEL)
(K)MD Format /(K)SDoC Format Format of MD and SDoC (Korean, Microsoft EXCEL)
(C)MD Format / (C)SDoC Format Format of MD and SDoC (Chinese, Microsoft EXCEL)

Issuance of Statement of Compliance (SOC) for the IHM

ClassNK issues SOC for Part I of the IHM developed in preparation for the incoming Convention. SOC will be smoothly converted into an International Certificate on Inventory of Hazardous Materials after the entry into force of the Convention. ClassNK recommends the early preparation of the IHM because the need for experts is expected to increase drastically after the entry into force of the Convention.

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Consultation for Ship Recycling Facilities

After the entry into force of the Convention, ships shall only be recycled at ship recycling facilities authorized in accordance with the Convention. Ship recycling facilities will be required to develop a Ship Recycling Facility Plan (SRFP) to be authorized by the competent authority. “ClassNK Consulting Service” provides services so that ship recycling facilities can implement the requirement of the Convention, including the development of SRFP.
ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd.

Issuance of Statement of Compliance (SOC) for Ship Recycling Facilities

ClassNK issues a SOC to ship recycling facilities which verifies that they are in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention, after confirming that the SRFP developed by the ship recycling facilities meet the requirements of the Convention and that the facilities are carrying out recycling procedures in accordance with their SRFP. ClassNK has issued a SOC to the following ship recycling facilities so far.

• List of verified ship recycling facilities by ClassNK (as of December 2015)

1 Facility name: Jiangmen Zhongxin Shipbreaking & Steel Co., Ltd.
Location: China (Guangdong Province)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 500,000LDT
Dismantling method: Afloat method
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: 25,000 LDT (Length: 280m, Bredth: 42m, Draft: 7m)
URL: http://www.greenshipbreaking.com/
Open the SOC*2

2 Facility name: Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Marine Service Co., Ltd.
Location: China (Liaoning Province)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 1,000,000LDT
Dismantling method: Dry dock method (420m × 68m)
URL: http://www.dsic.cn/
Open the SOC*2
3 Facility name: Miyaji Salvage Co., Ltd.
Location: Japan (Kagawa prefecture)
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: 10,000GT (depend on ships type)
Dismantling method: Afloat method
URL: http://www.miyajisal.co.jp/index.html
Open the SOC*2
4 Facility name: Jiangsu Changrong Steel Co., Ltd.
Location: China (Jiangsu Province)
Dismantling method: Afloat and floating dock (in cooperation with Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) Co., Ltd. (CSSC))
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: 30,000 LDT
Open the SOC*2
5 Facility name: Jiangmen Xinhui Shuangshui Shipbreaking Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.
Location: China (Guangdong Province)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 1,000,000LDT
Dismantling method: Afloat method
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: 57,000 LDT
URL: http://www.sbsteel.com/FILE/profile.htm
Open the SOC*2
6 Facility name: RL Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd.
Location: India (Gujarat)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 70,000LDT
Dismantling method: Intertidal landing
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: Length: Any length, Breadth: 60m,
Draft: Any depth
URL: www.kalthiashipbreaking.com
Open the SOC*2
7 Facility name: Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Location: India (Gujarat)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 120,000LDT
Dismantling method: Intertidal landing
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: Length: Any length, Breadth: 120m,
Draft: Any depth
URL: http://www.priyablue.com
Open the SOC*2
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Facility name: Shree Ram Vessel Scrap Pvt. Ltd.
Location: India (Gujarat)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 90,000LDT
Dismantling method: Intertidal landing
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: Length: Any length, Breadth: 60m,
Draft: Any depth
URL: http://www.shreeramgroup.in
Open the SOC*2

9 Facility name: Leela Ship Recycling Pvt. Ltd.
Location: India (Gujarat)
Estimated annual recycling capacity (LDT*1): 60,000LDT
Dismantling method: Intertidal landing
Maximum capacity of ship to be recycled: Length: Any length, Breadth: 80m,
Draft: Any depth
URL: http://www.leelagreenship.com/
Open the SOC*2

Information in this table is based on the SRFP developed by the ship recycling facilities.
*1: LDT: Light Displacement Tonnage
*2: The image shown here is not a true copy of the certificate. However, the content is identical.

For more information, please contact us at the following e-mail:
E-Mail: srpt@classnk.or.jp