Smart Freight Centre's Christoph Wolff to present the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative at the Bimco 15+15 webinar

On May 29, from 14:00 till 14:30 CET, Christoph Wolff will join the 15+15 webinar hosted by Bimco. In it, the Smart Freight Centre's CEO will talk about how the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative is shaping the future of the green steel industry with the innovative "Yard Assessment Framework" and uncovering the transformative power of sustainable ship recycling towards a more responsible future.

The webinar's format implies a 15-minute guest presentation, followed by a 15-minute live Q&A session. Not only does this allow to share knowledge and experience on the topic, but also to have a meaningful and cooperative conversation about the impact of ship recycling on green steel production.

Topics that are going to be discussed during the webinar include, but are not limited to:

  • Regulatory landscape evolution: assessing ship recyclers performances to promote responsible practices through an independent tool
  • Ship recycling and green steel: a blueprint for sourcing sustainable steel scrap from ship recycling
  • The role of finance stakeholders in ship recycling

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Update on the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee 81st session

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 81st session, met in-person at IMO Headquarters in London from 18 to 22 March 2024. During the session, the committee discussed various subjects, one of which relates to ship recycling and the Hong Kong and Basel Conventions.

More specifically, MEPC discussed a potential overlap in requirements between the Hong Kong Convention and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. MEPC requested the Secretariat to continue and strengthen the cooperation with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention to cater for any information and assistance needed to ensure clear and robust implementation of the Hong Kong Convention; and to report the outcome of MEPC 81 to the COP to the Basel Convention.

Also, MEPC invited interested Member States to bring the issue to the attention of relevant meetings under the Basel Convention and to submit further proposals to MEPC 82 on the interplay between the Hong Kong and Basel Conventions regarding ship recycling. The IMO Secretariat was requested to develop draft guidance on this matter, in consultation with the Basel Convention Secretariat.

The current conflict of application between the ship regulations, with particular regards to the Basel Convention that addresses ships that may be scraped outside OECD countries, proved to be another challenge for ship owners when it is time to deal with their vessels that reached end of life. With the Hong Kong Convention entering in force in an year, industry stakeholders are awaiting to get clarity on the subject, hence a coordination among policy makers. The SRTI continues to observe the ship recycling regulatory framework's evolution as this will directly impact the evolution of the industry as well as the available tools in the hands of stakeholders to perform law compliant ship recycling, a compliance with several unresolved question marks.

To help ship recycling stakeholders to make better choices, the SRTI is about to launch a webinar series where subject matter experts will be invited to talk about subjects that are relevant for the industry. One of them will be centered around the policy and regulations landscape evolution. Soon we will unveil the dates and the guests. Stay tuned to know more.

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Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law

The EU Council has recently cleared the directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law. This directive ensures tougher sanctions and penalties for those who harm the environment.

Although the newly introduced law does not focus on ship recycling specifically, it does mention that illegal recycling of polluting components of ships and serious breaches of legislation on chemicals can now be investigated and punished by the criminal law.

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Will the newly cleared EU directive make ship recycling more transparent?

Have you heard that the EU has recently expanded the list of environmental criminal offences? Starting with nine in 2008 and raising it to 20 in 2024, the Council has outlined tougher sanctions for those who harm the environment and/or people.

According to the newly cleared directive, such crimes as the illegal recycling of polluting components of ships and serious breaches of legislation on chemicals will be considered criminal offences and may be punished by fines and/or imprisonment. The new directive also introduces "qualified offence" which will be put in place when an offence is committed intentionally and causes the destruction of or irreversible or long-lasting damage to the environment.

The EU states may also require the offenders to reinstate the environment or compensate for the damage, excluding them from access to public funding or withdrawing their permits or authorizations. So far, the new law only applies to the member states; however, they can choose to extend their jurisdiction to offences that have been committed outside their territory. While the new legislation is not specific to ship recycling, it does name it as an example of an environmental offence that can be pursued by criminal law.

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