(Written by Nick Roumpis)
5 November 2014 - Cash buyer Global Marketing Systems (GMS) has challenged the European Commission’s intention to ban ship demolition on beaches and has asked officials to check for themselves the condition of Indian shipyards.
Addressing a high-level industry conference in London, Nikos Mikelis, non-executive director of GMS, said ship recycling yards were improving in south east Asia.
He invited the Commission and a major representative group of top level shipping industry stakeholders to India, to witness the recycling process first hand at one of the country’s best yards.
The EU’s first technical interpretation draft says shipbreaking must be done from an impermeable floor and that could mean beaching is not permitted.
Mikelis said that while progress was being made in Indian yards, it could “come to an abrupt end through the ill-advised efforts to ban ship recycling by beaching through the Unit of Waste Management of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment”.
He added: “We can only hope that the administrations of right-thinking European states will avert the tragic mistake that has been brewing in Brussels through the regulator’s lack of understanding on international shipping and ship recycling.”
GMS also used the conference to call on Panama and the Marshall Islands to accede to the Hong Kong convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.