From 14-18th of December 2018 the director of ISRA visited the ship recycling facility Jiangyin Xiagang Changjiang Ship recycling in China. This facility is situated at the Yangtze river in China, and is capable of receiving very large vessels. The recycling process takes place alongside and drydock, for the last part of the vessel.
The facilities contain every aspect of sound and safe ship recycling amongst: asbestos storage without possibilities of containment, for a large part of the yard concrete floors, prevention of oil spill facilities and an accurate separation of various (non ferro) metals and waste.
Through the large area of the yard separated by well indicated ways, safety enhancement concerning traffic flows can be relatively easily achieved. ISRA also had the opportunity to meet its associate member Sea2cradle. This company is carrying out oversight for the shipowner on a daily basis and checks on safe and sound working on the yard through the permanent presence of surveillance officers during the recycling activities.
The Director of ISRA spoke with the owner of the yard, Mr Li Hongwei. He welcomed every support from ISRA and other bodies to the Chinese government to reconsider the ban on waste including end of life ships from the EU. Since this yard and the facilities in Zhoushan, also owned by Li Hongwei were applicants for the EU-list, Mr Li Hongwei emphasized the need to inform the competent authorities in China, to reconsider this decision.
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