Responsible recycling of ships

NSA , and our members, have for a long time been advocating responsible recycling of ships . In 2015 NSA advised our members not to recycle ships in shipyards that use " beaching. - It is gratifying to see that the recommendations are followed by our members. Our work has also led to increased focus on issues concerning shipbreaking both in Norway and internationally, says director Hanne Lee Behrens, NSA .

The latest report from Ship Breaking Platform shows that NSA members who have recycled ships in Asia during 2015 have used yards approved in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention by the classification society Class NK .

The following recommendations on ship recycling now apply to members of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association:

  • We consider that our members have an independent responsibility to ensure proper recycling of their ships. This also applies to ships sold to third parties prior to recycling.
  • We urge our members to adhere to the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) although it has not yet entered into force, and to choose recycling facilities that adhere to the HKC.
  • We advise our members against recycling ships at yards using ‘beaching’ as a method.