China – At its 20th anniversary gathering in Beijing, the China National Ship Recycling Association appointed Xie Dehua as its new President. ‘Our goal is early and voluntary implementation of the requirements of the Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships,’ he said.
At the same meeting, Tom Peter Blankestijn, Managing Director of Sea2Cradle, was appointed as Official Consultant to the Council of the China National Ship Recycling Association – the first non-Chinese to hold this position. ‘We have worked in close co-operation with the association over the past 10 years, and we look forward to assisting the association with the implementation of the Hong Kong Convention at Chinese recycling facilities in the near future,’ said Mr Blankestijn. The China National Ship Recycling Association is located in Beijing and is the branch organisation for all ship recycling facilities in China. It is currently working closely with the Chinese authorities to implement the upcoming international requirements into national legislation, with particular focus falling on health, safety and environmental issues. Sea2Cradle assists ship owners in their environmental policies, with special emphasis on inventories of hazardous materials, ship recycling plans, supervision during the dismantling process and brokerage for recycling with green recycling facilities.