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The Directorate General of Shipping has been notified as to the National Authority for Recycling of Ships under Section 3 of the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019. An official statement said that as the apex body, DG Shipping is authorized to administer, supervise and monitor all activities relating to ship recycling.
The Directorate General of Shipping, India is an attached office under the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India, responsible for life, health, vessel and the environment for Indian registered ships and ships at Indian ports. The directorate is located in Mumbai and led by Director General of Shipping Mr. Amitabh Kumar, IRS and Additional Secretary to the Government of India. DG Shipping has been authorized to administer, supervise and monitor all activities relating to ship recycling. It will look after the sustainable development of the ship recycling industry.
Functions of the DG shipping body includes:
- To monitor the compliance with environment-friendly norms.
- It will also look after the safety and health measures for the stakeholders working in the ship recycling industry.
- It will be acting as the final authority for approvals required by the ship-recycling yard owners and state governments.
- As an apex body, the DG Shipping is authorized to administer, supervise and monitor all activities relating to ship recycling.
- Speaking to ANI, Union Minister of State for Shipping (independent charge) Mansukh L Mandaviya said, “DG Shipping will look after the sustainable development of the ship recycling industry, monitoring the compliance to environment-friendly norms and safety and health measures for the stakeholders working in the ship recycling industry.”
- He said that the DG Shipping will be the final authority for the various approvals required by the ship-recycling yard owners and the State governments.
- “National Authority of Ship Recycling will be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The location of the office will benefit the Ship Recycling yard owners situated in Alang, Gujarat which is the home of Asia’s largest ship breaking and ship recycling industry in the world,” Mandaviya said.
- Under the Ship Recycling Act, 2019, India has acceded to Hong Kong Convention for Ship Recycling under International Maritime Organization (IMO). DG Shipping is a representative of India in the IMO and all the conventions of IMO are being enforced by DG Shipping.
Provisions of the act
- The Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 restricts and prohibits the use or installation of hazardous materials and it has to be applied to all the ships whether the ship would be recycled or not.
- However, this restriction on the use of hazardous materials will not be applied to warships and non-commercial ships operated by Government.
- Ships will be surveyed and certified on the inventory of hazardous materials used in ships.
- Under the legislation, ship recycling facilities are required to be authorized and only authorized ship recycling facilities would be recycling the ships.
- The act states that ships must be recycled in accordance with a ship-specific recycling plan.