Landmark 'Ships Recycling Bill' passes; To ensure global safety & eco-norms in India, boost business

New Delhi: The Parliament today passed a landmark Bill – ‘The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019’’ for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships in India. Passing of this Bill is a historical moment in the Indian Maritime arena and will have far reaching effects in the Indian Ship Recycling industry. The existing Ship Breaking Code (revised), 2013 and the provisions of the Hong Kong Convention, 2009 are dovetailed in this Bill.

The Bill, upon becoming an Act, will ensure the environment friendly recycling process of ships and adequate safety of the yard workers. On this occasion, Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya said that India is a leader in the global ship recycling industry with a share of over 30% of the global market.

With the enactment of this Bill, India will set global standards for safe and sound environmentally-friendly recycling of ships, as well as ensure the adequate safety of yard workers. Mandaviya said this Bill will pave the way for more global ships to enter into Indian shipyards for recycling, and boost employment and business opportunities also.

Mandaviya said there are various environmental issues and workers’ safety concerns interconnected with the ships recycling Industry. Both these issues have been adequately addressed in this Bill, he said, adding that the protection of environment and safety of workers are the soul of the Bill.

Now, ships to be recycled in India will need to obtain a ‘Ready for Recycling Certificate’ in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention. Hoping for increased business, a large number of recycling plots, especially at Alang in Gujarat, are also gearing up and obtaining a Statement of Compliance (SOC) with the Hong Kong Convention, said the Ministry of Shipping in a Press communication today.

The Bill is a harbinger of a significantly increased number of global ships entering Indian shipyards for recycling, which will boost business & employment opportunities and strengthen India’s position in the recycling industry, said the Ministry.

10% of the country’s secondary steel needs, as an outcome of recycling of ships, will be met in an eco-friendly manner, while ships recycling facilities will become compliant to international standards and ships will be recycled only in such authorised facilities.

It will raise the brand value of Indian ships recycling yards located at Alang in Gujarat, Mumbai Port, Kolkata Port & Azhikkal in Kerela, and the growth of business activities will contribute to the country’s GDP, said the Ministry.

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